Comparison of Necropsy Findings in Patients With Sarcoidosis Dying Suddenly from Cardiac Sarcoidosis Versus Dying Suddenly from Other Causes

Fabio Tavora, Nathaniel Cresswell, Ling Li, Mary Ripple, Carol Solomon, Allen Burke

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The clinical diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis can be difficult and is largely dependent on newer imaging modalities. A retrospective search of sudden cardiac deaths was performed from a reference laboratory and statewide medical examiner system for a 12-year period. Planimetry was performed on gross photographs of transverse short-axis sections, and the phase of the lesion and the portion of myocardium extent was estimated histologically. Lesions were classified histologically as early (primarily lymphocytic), intermediate (primarily granulomatous), and late (primarily scar). A total of 41 cases were found, including 25 in which the death was ascribed to sarcoidosis of the heart (group 1) and 16 in which sudden death was due to other findings (group 2). No significant differences were found in age or activity at death, although gross scars and epicardial nodules were more frequent in group 1 (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-577
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume104
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Comparison of Necropsy Findings in Patients With Sarcoidosis Dying Suddenly from Cardiac Sarcoidosis Versus Dying Suddenly from Other Causes. / Tavora, Fabio; Cresswell, Nathaniel; Li, Ling; Ripple, Mary; Solomon, Carol; Burke, Allen.

In: The American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 104, No. 4, 15.08.2009, p. 571-577.

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Tavora, Fabio ; Cresswell, Nathaniel ; Li, Ling ; Ripple, Mary ; Solomon, Carol ; Burke, Allen. / Comparison of Necropsy Findings in Patients With Sarcoidosis Dying Suddenly from Cardiac Sarcoidosis Versus Dying Suddenly from Other Causes. In: The American Journal of Cardiology. 2009 ; Vol. 104, No. 4. pp. 571-577.
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