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International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 110, Issue 5, pp 260–266 | Cite as

Colloid cysts of the third ventricle with fatal outcome: a report of two cases and review of the literature

  • A. Büttner
  • P. A. Winkler
  • W. Eisenmenger
  • S. Weis
Original article

Abstract

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.

Key words Colloid cyst Sudden death Third ventricle 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Büttner
    • 1
  • P. A. Winkler
    • 2
  • W. Eisenmenger
    • 1
  • S. Weis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Frauenlobstrasse 7a, D-80377 München, Germany Fax: +49 (89) 5160 5144DE
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Marchioninistrasse 15, D-81377 München, GermanyDE

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