Subarachnoid hemorrhage represents a rare event in pregnancy with a high mortality rate. We present the case of a 39-year-old pregnant woman who developed right vertebral artery dissection with subsequent massive subarachnoid hemorrhage with fatal outcome. The macroscopic and microscopic autopsy findings are described. A review of the literature with a discussion of the varied predisposing factors for vertebral artery dissection and subarachnoid hemorrhage and the rarity of these events in pregnancy is provided.
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Tuluc, M., Brown, D., & Goldman, B. (2006). Lethal vertebral artery dissection in pregnancy: a case report and review of the literature. Archives Of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 130(4), 533-535.
Medical Pathology | Pathology
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine