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Sudden unexpected death in young adults including four cases of SADS: a 10-year review from the west of Ireland (1985-1994)



Sudden unexpected death in young adults including four cases of SADS: a 10-year review from the west of Ireland (1985-1994)



Medicine, Science, and the Law 37(3): 242-247



Sudden unexpected death in young adults of 18-35 years account for an important subset of deaths in our autopsy population. The case notes and autopsy reports in 44 subjects were analysed during the period 1985-94 at the Department of Histopathology, University College Hospital, Galway to establish the underlying cause of death. Subjects who were involved in road traffic accidents, cases of drowning, and patients with known congenital heart disease, chronic renal failure and malignancy were excluded. We found that a large proportion of sudden deaths in young adults were secondary to epilepsy and chemical/drug poisoning, accounting for 34 per cent and 31.8 per cent respectively. Sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) accounted for 9 per cent of the study population. Detailed case history, meticulous post-mortem examination and complete toxicological screening are recommended to arrive at the underlying cause of death.

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DOI: 10.1177/002580249703700309


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