International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 121, Issue 1, pp 48–53

Sudden cardiac death during anabolic steroid abuse: morphologic and toxicologic findings in two fatal cases of bodybuilders

  • Vittorio Fineschi
  • Irene Riezzo
  • Fabio Centini
  • Enrico Silingardi
  • Manuela Licata
  • Giovanni Beduschi
  • Steven B. Karch
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00414-005-0055-9

Cite this article as:
Fineschi, V., Riezzo, I., Centini, F. et al. Int J Legal Med (2007) 121: 48. doi:10.1007/s00414-005-0055-9

Abstract

We report two cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) involving previously healthy bodybuilders who were chronic androgenic–anabolic steroids users. In both instances, autopsies, histology of the organs, and toxicologic screening were performed. Our findings support an emerging consensus that the effects of vigorous weight training, combined with anabolic steroid use and increased androgen sensitivity, may predispose these young men to myocardial injury and even SCD.

Keywords

Androgenic–anabolic steroids Sudden cardiac death Toxicologic findings Histology 

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© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vittorio Fineschi
    • 1
  • Irene Riezzo
    • 1
  • Fabio Centini
    • 2
  • Enrico Silingardi
    • 3
  • Manuela Licata
    • 3
  • Giovanni Beduschi
    • 3
  • Steven B. Karch
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Forensic PathologyUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly
  2. 2.Unit of Forensic ToxicologyUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Forensic MedicineUniversity of Modena-Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly
  4. 4.BerkeleyUSA

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