Sudden death due to undiagnosed Wilms' tumor in an adult

J. L. Oeberst, J. J. Barnard, J. A. Prahlow

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Sudden unexpected deaths due to natural causes constitute a large number of cases encountered by the forensic pathologist. In a majority of such cases, heart disease is responsible for sudden death. Rare disease entities resulting in sudden death are occasionally encountered and may not fit the classic epidemiological profile. We present a case of sudden death due to a previously undiagnosed Wilms' tumor (WT) in an adult. The pathology of WT is discussed, as is the topic of sudden death due to previously unrecognized malignancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-639
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 4 2002


  • Forensic sciences
  • Malignancy
  • Sudden death
  • Wilms' tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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