Michele Telegrafo, Maurizio Mastrapasqua, Federica Misceo, Simona Nicolì, Lorenzo Polo, Aldo Di Fazio, Biagio Solarino, Davide Ferorelli
Two cases in a row demonstrate the importance of autopsy in the investigation of the cause of death, even when circumstantial information and preliminary examinations suggest potentially lethal pathology, such as sub-arachnoidal or intracranial haemorrhage, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) rupture, sudden cardiac death, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, intoxication, etc. These two cases show how every sudden death needs further investigation to figure out what the real cause is because there are so many fatal pathologies that can cause it. Indeed, the duodenal ulcer detected in these cases cannot be diagnosed without an autopsy. External examination only may be insufficient or too generic being able, if not followed by an autopsy, to direct towards incorrect causes of death.