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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr10.2009.2378.
Published online Mar 30, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.10.2009.2378
PMCID: PMC3029984
Unexpected outcome (positive or negative) including adverse drug reactions
Sudden death due to medulloblastoma
Gentian Vyshka,1 Elmaz Shaqiri,2 and Besim Ymaj2
1Faculty of Medicine, Rr Dibres, Tirana, 371, Albania
2Institute of Legal Medicine, Rr Dibres, Tirana, 371, Albania
Correspondence to Gentian Vyshka, gvyshka/at/yahoo.com
Abstract
Intracranial tumours can be accompanied with intracerebral and intracerebellar non-traumatic haemorrhage; in some cases, this might be their first clinical sign. We report a case of a man who suffered sudden death due to medulloblastoma, with intratumoral haemorrhage; his tumour had a hemispheric cerebellar positioning. The cerebral oedema seen at autopsy reflected the immediate cessation of cerebral vascular circulation, leading to sudden death. Acute obstructive hydrocephaly is a mechanism widely known in the literature for causing sudden death.
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