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Causation or coincidence? A case of sudden death due to spontaneous coronary artery dissection in presence of myocardial bridging.

Institute of Legal Medicine, Catholic University, Medical School, Rome, Italy.
International journal of cardiology (Impact Factor: 6.18). 12/2011; 159(2):e32-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2011.11.056
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