Fatal traumatic rupture of an aortic aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva: An autopsy case

Bao Li Zhu, Li Quan, Kaori Ishida, Mari Taniguchi, Shigeki Oritani, Yasunobu Kamikodai, Masaki Q. Fujita, Hitoshi Maeda

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This report describes an autopsy case of a rare type of aortic sinus of Valsalva aneurysm, which caused fatal rupture from a blunt chest impact. A 51-year-old male was hit in the chest with a fist, lost consciousness after about 15 min and died after approximately 7 h. The postmortem examination revealed a large saccular aneurysm of the right coronary sinus bulging on the right atrium, which had a full laceration causing pericardial hematoma (cardiac tamponade). A related chest wall injury was observed in the right outer mammary region. A rare type of bulging onto the right atrium and subsequent sclerosis of the right coronary artery appeared to have greatly contributed to the fatal rupture. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva
  • Forensic pathology
  • Traumatic rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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