Sudden death in adolescence caused by cardiac haemangioma

Emiliano Maresi, Stefania Zerbo, Antonina Argo, Paolo Procaccianti, Stefania Zerbo, Rosa Liotta, Antonina Argo, Paolo Procaccianti, Emiliano Maresi

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Primary tumors of the heart in infants and children are rare. The types of heart tumors in pediatric age groups are generally different from those in adults. Cardiac myxoma is by far the most common tumor in adults, but in infants and adolescents the prevalent tumor of the heart is rhabdomyoma. Among benign cardiac tumors, cardiac hemangiomas are rare and often diagnosed post-mortem due to the lack of specific clinical symptoms and signs.We report a case of sudden death due to cardiac hemangioma in an apparently healthy 15-year-old adolescent. The autopsy revealed a cardiac hemangioma located at the apex of the heart; the histopathological examination showed the tumor was a mixed capillary and arteriolar hemangioma, a very rare type of primary tumor in adolescents
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)156-158
Numero di pagine3
RivistaJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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