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Sudden Death in Multiple Sclerosis Associated with Sun Exposure: a Report of Two Cases

  • Simon P. Avis (a1) and William EM. Pryse-Phillips (a1)
Abstract
Background

Two cases of sudden unexpected deaths in patients with multiple sclerosis were investigated by the Office of The Chief Forensic Pathologist.

Method

Case studies.

Results

Marked similarities of the deaths, including circumstances, scene examination, and autopsy findings including a complete drug screen were recorded.

Conclusions

Exposure to high ambient temperature may pose a danger to patients with multiple sclerosis. Mechanisms of death and the potential dangers to patients with clinically widespread disease are discussed.

Résumé <span class='italic'> <span class='bold'>Introduction</span> </span>

Le bureau du médecin légiste en chef a investigué deux cas de mort subite chez des patients atteints de sclérose en plaques.

<span class='italic'> <span class='bold'>Méthode</span> </span>

Étude de cas.

<span class='italic'> <span class='bold'>Résultats</span> </span>

Des ressemblances importantes entre les deux décès ont été notées quant aux circonstances, à l’examen des lieux et aux résultats de l’autopsie, qui incluait un examen toxicologique complet.

<span class='italic'> <span class='bold'>Conclusions</span> </span>

L’exposition à des températures ambiantes élevées peut être dangereuse pour les patients atteints de sclérose en plaques. Nous discutons des mécanismes du décès et des dangers potentiels pour les patients qui ont une maladie disséminée cliniquement.

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Department of Pathology. Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Canada A1B 3V6
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