Case 19 – History


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Case 19

Hypertension, dizziness and sudden death


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Brief History

The patient was a middle-aged Caucasian woman with history of knee surgery and recent dizziness (typically while standing from bending over position) and difficulty walking.

The patient’s mother had a history of multiple malignancies, including a left frontal meningioma and lung cancer.

The patient died suddenly.


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Discussion Questions

1. Summarize the history and create a differential diagnosis for the cause of death.

2. When is a family history of cancer more likely “sporadic” and when is it concerning for inherited or familial cancer?

3. What are some examples of inherited or familial cancers?