Carol J. Huser

Genetic testing can explain sudden deaths

Certain inherited diseases confer a significantly increased risk of sudden death. Genetic tests for many of those diseases are available, but most coroners and medical examiners don’t order them.

In 2008, I wrote a column about a 14-year-old girl who died on a carnival ride. April Benally-Almaquer had long QT syndrome, one of...

Dr. Carol J. Huser, a forensic pathologist, has served as La Plata County coroner since January 2003. Reach her at

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