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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 646438, 4 pages
Case Report

Death after Sexual Intercourse

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Freiburgstrasse 10, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
2University Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Freiburgstrasse 10, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
3Department of General Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringerguertel 18-22, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Received 19 August 2015; Revised 12 November 2015; Accepted 16 November 2015

Academic Editor: Henry David

Copyright © 2015 Christian T. Braun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sexuality is an essential aspect of quality of life. Nevertheless, sexual intercourse is physically challenging and leads to distinct changes in blood pressure, heart, and respiratory rate that may lead to vital complications. We present a case report of a 22-year-old female suffering from subarachnoid hemorrhage after sexual intercourse. The patient was immediately transported to hospital by emergency medical services and, after diagnosis, transferred to a tertiary hospital with neurosurgical expertise but died within 24 hours. After postcoital headaches, subarachnoid hemorrhage is the second most common cause of neurological complications of sexual intercourse and therefore patients admitted to an emergency department with headache after sexual intercourse should always be carefully evaluated by cerebral imaging.