Sudden Death in African Adult Males


Sudden Death in African Adult Males: Case Reports and Review of Literatures


Ayodele J Omotoso1, Lawson Ekpe2, Akintunde Akintomide 3, Patience Odusolu4, Martin A Nnoli1

1,Department of Pathology, University of Calabar, Calabar

2Department of Chemical Pathology, University of Calabar, Calabar

3Department of Radiology, University of Calabar, Calabar

4Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Calabar, Calabar


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Sudden death is common in Africans especially in males in their middle ages. With increasing evidence in reduction of life expectancy among the populace due to several confounding factors there is need to review some of the causes of sudden unexpected death. The study came from the observation of the authors on autopsy requests and reports in Calabar. Two middle aged security officers attached to different private homes were found dead on their duty posts on different days. Autopsy reports on them were similar revealing enlarged heart with evidence of myocardial infarction. Other findings include fatty change, pulmonary oedema and contracted kidneys. Hypertensive heart disease is a common disease condition with resultant high morbidity and mortality if not diagnosed early and well managed.


Keywords:  sudden unexpected death, autopsy, heart, cardiomyopathy, hypertension

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