A 63-YEAR-OLD Hispanic man was a moderate alcohol consumer with a 50 pack-year history of cigarette smoking. After the onset of acute nonradiating chest pain, he was taken to the emergency department, where his chest pain continued and he became restless and cyanotic. Cardiac arrest occurred within 15 minutes, and resuscitative attempts were unsuccessful. The emergency department physicians requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death, which they suspected was a ruptured aortic aneurysm.
Havlik DM, Williams WL, Hanzlick R, and the Autopsy Committee of the College of American Pathologists. Case of the MonthIncidental and Not-So-Incidental Findings. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(15):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.15.1655