Sudden unexpected death in childhood due to unsuspected diabetes mellitus

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1994 Sep;15(3):251-6.


We report the case of an otherwise healthy 11-year-old girl who died suddenly of previously undiagnosed diabetes mellitus type I, following a 2-day minor upper respiratory infection. Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is a rare cause of sudden death of apparently healthy children. This report demonstrates a recommended diagnostic pathway for IDDM from the substantiation of vesicular fatty liver to specific pancreatic histological and histochemical changes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Death, Sudden / pathology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / pathology*
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / pathology
  • Fatty Liver / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / pathology