Table 2

Causes of sudden deaths attributed to an abnormality discovered at necropsy

Respiratory infection32  (37%)
Other infections17 (20%)
Cardiovascular abnormalities26 (29%)
 Aortic valve stenosis7
 Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy6
 Coronary artery abnormality3
  Myocardial infarction with coronary atheroma1
  Kawasaki disease1
  Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery   from the main pulmonary artery1
 Other cardiomyopathy2
 Myocardial angioma1
Miscellaneous2-150 12 (14%)
Total87 (100%)
  • 2-150 Deaths caused by small bowel infarction (4), appendicitis with peritonitis (2), pulmonary embolus (4), subarachnoid haemorrhage (1), and acute hydrocephalus (1).