Colloid cysts of the third ventricle with fatal outcome: a report of two cases and review of the literature
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- Büttner, A., Winkler, P., Eisenmenger, W. et al. Int J Leg Med (1997) 110: 260. doi:10.1007/s004140050082
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Two cases of sudden death due to colloid cysts of the third ventricle are presented with a review of the literature. In the first case, a 40-year-old woman suffered an acute onset of severe frontal headache after an intercontinental air flight. The next day, she was found comatous and died 7 h after admission to a hospital. In the second case, a 33-year-old man with a medical history of recurrent headaches was found dead in his car. Autopsy in both cases revealed a colloid cyst of the third ventricle and hydrocephalus involving the lateral ventricles.