Morte improvvisa dovuta a metastasi del ganglio stellato di destra e del nervo vago: Descrizione delle alterazioni patologiche sottostanti la morte improvvisa

Translated title of the contribution: Metastasis to the right stellate ganglion and vagal nerve: Pathological alterations causing sudden death. A case report

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Abstract

Sudden death in a 66-year-old woman with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and exclusive metastatic involvement of the right stellate ganglion and right nerve vagus is reported. The patient also suffered from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation treated with quinidine. An autopsy showed exclusive metastases to the right stellate ganglion and vagus nerve, along with decreased nerve fibre density in the ventricular myocardium suggesting that Wallerian axon degeneration of cardiac fibres was responsible for sudden death.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)263-265
Number of pages3
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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