Post-mortem CT with macroscopic and microscopic correlation in a case of sudden death due to systemic sarcoidosis


We report a case of sudden death due to systemic sarcoidosis in a fifty-four year old male who was reportedly healthy. A computerized tomography (CT) scan was performed before the autopsy. It showed cardiomegaly with hilar and abdominal lymphadenopathy. The autopsy showed pale yellow plaque deposition on the heart surface which was infiltrating the myocardium. Histological examination of the heart, lungs, liver, and spleen showed extensive sarcoid granulomata which helped in establishing the cause of death.

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Bodwal, J., Napoleone, M. & Herath, J. Post-mortem CT with macroscopic and microscopic correlation in a case of sudden death due to systemic sarcoidosis. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 16, 544–547 (2020).

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  • Sarcoidosis
  • Post-mortem CT
  • Sudden death