Sudden unexpected death in an adult patient with endocardial cushion defect

Sohtaro Mimasaka, Yukihito Yajima, Masaki Hashiyada, Masayuki Nata, Masato Funayama

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A 50-year-old male died following a road traffic accident. Postmortem examination revealed that the injuries caused by the accident did not seem to have caused his death. A large ostium primum defect was found, with bridging leaflets attached to the interventricular septum. In this article, we present a case of sudden death with partial endocardial cushion defect and discuss the mechanism of death. We believe that this is the first report of sudden death caused by endocardial cushion defect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Aug 1


  • Autopsy case
  • Endocardial cushion defect
  • Forensic medicine
  • Sudden unexpected death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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