Sudden, unexpected death due to "pineal apoplexy"

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1986 Mar;7(1):64-8. doi: 10.1097/00000433-198603000-00014.

Abstract

A 20-year-old woman had a minute vascular malformation in the wall of a glial cyst of the pineal body. Bleeding into the cyst lumen caused rapid expansion of the pineal body, resulting in compression of the midbrain and her sudden, unexpected death.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Vessels / abnormalities
  • Brain Diseases / complications
  • Brain Diseases / pathology
  • Constriction, Pathologic
  • Cysts / blood supply
  • Cysts / complications*
  • Cysts / pathology
  • Death, Sudden / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Mesencephalon
  • Pineal Gland* / pathology