Sudden death following AV node ablation in a man with Fabry disease mimicking hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Odette A. Rodda, Matthew Lynch, Sarah Parsons

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We present a case of Fabry disease with an uncommon pattern of asymmetrical hypertrophy with septal prominence resulting in an erroneous diagnosis of hypertrophic cardilmyopathy clinically. The deceased presented for a medicolegal autopsy following his sudden death after an AV node ablation. Fabry disease continues to be an important misdiagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a clinical setting. Early diagnosis of Fabry disease is essential so that early treatment can be instituted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • AV node ablation
  • Fabry disease
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Sudden death

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