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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of young sudden death cases (n = 17)

From: Comparison of conventional autopsy and magnetic resonance imaging in determining the cause of sudden death in the young

Age at death (yrs) 22.7 ± 10.8
Male (%) 71%
BMI (kg/m2) 25.6 ± 5.8
Time to autopsy (hrs) 56.1 ± 17.2
Family history of sudden death, n (%) 2 (12)
Cause of death, n (%) 17 (100)
1) Primary Cardiac 8 (47)
  • ARVC 4 (24)
  • CAD 2 (12)
  • HCM 1 (6)
  • Myocarditis 1 (6)
2) Neurological 2 (12)
  • GBM 1 (6)
  • SUDEP (Alagille syndrome) 1 (6)
3) Vascular 2 (12)
  • Pulmonary embolus 1 (6)
  • Aortic dissection 1 (6)
4) Unexplained 5 (35)
  1. NB: BMI = body mass index; ARVC = arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy; CAD = coronary artery disease; HCM = hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; GBM = glioblastoma multiforme; SUDEP = sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.