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Write-up: Patient, a previously healthy 19 year-old female college freshman died suddenly yesterday, approximately 10 days after receiving Gardasil & menningococcal vaccines. Vaccines were administered by a medical provider in her hometown while she was home for the Thanksgiving holiday, sometime around 11-28-08. She had a medical appointment pending for 12-8-08 (the day of her death) with the Student Health Service; medical clerk had entered "possible seizure" as the reason for making the appointment. Patient had no history of epilepsy. She complained of a headache and not feeling well in the 24 hours prior to her death. She went to bed at 10:30 PM on 12-7-08, in her dorm room with a roomate. She appeared to still be sleeping the next morning when her roomate left for class. Her body was discovered still in bed around 5 PM that day (12-8-08) with rigor mortis. No history of substance abuse, alcohol intake, or depression or other mental health issues. She was a happy, achieving student. This report is filed by a friend of patient''s parents, who is a physician (board certified internal medicine & geriatrics). Report also filed online today with the FDA. Patient''s mother can be reached at home for additional details. Memorial service & funeral 12-12-08 and 12-13-08. Only known past medical history requiring physician attention was facial acne. 12/10/2008 Recived records from health center via CDC. Seen 11/3/08 with c/o sore throat, cough, muscle aches and nasal d/c. PE (+) for pharyngeal erythema, purulent nasal drainage, nasal turbinate changes, and lymphadenopathy. Assessment: Probable viral URI with ? sinusitis. Tx: Biaxin. Received from CDC via email: The patient had no previous health problems. She was a freshman and was seen at the college health clinic only once on 11/3/08 for sinusitis. She was on Yaz birth control pills and a topical acne medication. After the death, police questioned her roommate who said that the pt did go out on the evening of 12/6/08 and had a few alcoholic drinks, but not an excessive amount. She had a HA the next day and thought it was from the alcohol. She had a PCN allergy and was a non smoker. 12/11/2008 Records received from PCP. HPV#1 1/18/2008. HPV#2 3/28/2008. Vaccines deferred 7/29/2008 2'' to oral prednisone usage for acne (with Bactrim). Seen 8/15/08 for sore throat, runny nose. DX: Pharyngitis s/p steroid tx. Returned for vaccines 11/26/2008 in good health with normal exam. Additional record also received from health center for scheduled appt on 12/8/08. Pt reported 2 episodes (one 1 month ago and one on the day of death) of waking up in a cold sweat, having urinated in the bed, feeling the urge to vomit, dizzy with trouble reading. Appt made for ? seizure. Pt did not arrive for appt. 3/3/09 Autopsy report received. COD: Unable to ascertain after autopsy, microscopic, toxicologic and chemical evaluation.
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