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Acad Forensic Pathol. 2018 Dec;8(4):947-951. doi: 10.1177/1925362118821493. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Accidental Finding of Atherosclerosis with 90% Stenosis of the Coronary Artery In a 17-Year-Old White Male.

Academic forensic pathology

Connie Bao, Lindsay C Dilks, Richard Flessner, Shiping Bao

PMID: 31240083 PMCID: PMC6491532 DOI: 10.1177/1925362118821493


Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, though no case reports of teenage deaths due to the disease were found after extensive literary research. A case is presented of a 17-year-old male driver involved in a motor vehicle collision. Autopsy examination revealed multiple blunt force injuries. Approximately 3 mm of the middle portion of the left anterior descending coronary artery displayed about 90% atherosclerotic stenosis. It was determined that the cause of death was ventricular fibrillation due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The consultation with the parents and possible finding of hypercholesterolemia are discussed in the report.

Keywords: Cardiovascular atherosclerosis; Forensic pathology; Heart; Motor vehicle collision; Teenage

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Disclosures & Declaration of Conflicts of Interest: The authors, reviewers, editors, and publication staff do not report any relevant conflicts of interest


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