Dean M Havlik

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Tumors of the central nervous system are an unusual cause of sudden death. This report describes the sudden death of a presumed healthy 28-year-old woman from primary diffuse leptomeningeal gliomatosis. She presented to an emergency room with headache and vomiting, subsequently became unresponsive and was pronounced dead 14 h later. Autopsy revealed a(More)
Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) typically occurs in young patients who have signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. It commonly is misdiagnosed in life as pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, and the correct diagnosis usually is not made until autopsy. Autopsy records, including reports, gross photographs, histologic slides, clinical histories,(More)
Solitary fibrous tumors are well-described neoplasms found predominantly in the subpleural region but also in many other body sites. They generally behave in a benign fashion, although a few cases that exhibit a malignant course have been reported. Genetic information on solitary fibrous tumors is sparse. This case illustrates a previously unreported(More)
A 2-month-old infant girl died suddenly as a result of torsion of the uterine adnexa. The infant was found unresponsive in bed and was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at a hospital. There were no antecedent signs of illness. At autopsy, the right ovary and right fallopian tube were twisted and were dark purple, swollen, and necrotic. The right(More)
This report describes a 10-month-old infant girl who died of cocaine poisoning. The infant was found apneic and in ventricular fibrillation after the parents summoned rescue personnel and claimed she had ingested rat poison. The parents later admitted that 2 hours before calling for assistance, the infant's 2-year-old brother was found eating "crack"(More)
This report describes a 38-year-old man with osteogenesis imperfecta who died of a ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm and bacterial meningitis. He had multiple long bone fractures in the past, and approximately 4 months before death, he had surgery to relieve symptoms of basilar impression. The surgery was complicated by a postoperative wound infection. For(More)
The July 2001 Case of the Month (COM). A 58-year-old man with right ear hearing loss since childhood presented with a two year history of dizziness and vertigo. Neuroradiological studies showed a large mass arising from the petrous portion of the temporal bone. The lesion was resected and microscopic examination revealed a cholesterol granuloma with a small(More)
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