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A fit 19 year old basketball player died suddenly because of a ruptured aorta caused by an aneurysm. The aneurysm was probably due to Marfan syndrome which is a hereditary disorder. It is believed that 56,000 people in America suffer form this disease and many are undiagnosed. It usually affects tall, thin, loose-jointed people.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by AAP
About: Young fit woman dies suddenly from undiagnosed aortic aneurysm
Date: 8 June 2004
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