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Sudden unexpected non-violent death between 1 and 19 years in north Spain
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    Re: Some cases of unexpected sudden death are associated with tumors

    Dear Editor:

    As Jaster mentioned in his letter,[1] some cases of sudden unexpected death in children and adolescents associated with tumors of the brainstem have been reported. Most of these tumors sized more than 2 cm.[2][3] Sudden unexplained death (similar to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)) is diagnosed when no cause of death is found after an exhaustive postmortem investigation including a complete auto...

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    Some cases of unexpected sudden death are associated with tumors
    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the report of Morentin et al[1] describing unexpected sudden death occurring between the ages of 1 and 19 years. Of the 34 cases described eleven remained unexplained. The authors failed to mention whether neuropathologic examination was performed in the eleven unexplained cases, and why such examination is essential.

    Tumors and infarctions of the brainstem, especially the me...

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