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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645945/how-can-we-ensure-that-the-coroner-s-autopsy-is-not-an-invasion-of-human-rights
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Stephen Leadbeatter, Ryk James
BACKGROUND: Despite public inquiries, and some changes to legislation following high-profile multiple homicides that were not detected by autopsy, coroners continue to rely largely on the autopsy. Regardless of the extent of quality failings and excess deaths at some hospitals, not detected through the coroner system, the autopsy is scarcely used by hospitals to monitor standards and educate. OBJECTIVE: To explore when a compulsory medicolegal autopsy should, and should not, be used...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443563/non-thrombotic-pulmonary-embolism-due-to-liver-hydatic-cyst-a-case-report
#2
Ahmet Şahpaz, Azem İrez, Hatice Gülbeyaz, Mustafa Talip Şener, Ahmet Nezih Kök
BACKGROUND: A non-thrombotic pulmonary embolism is defined as embolization to the pulmonary circulation. It may be caused by microorganisms, foreign bodies, different cell types or gas in the pulmonary circulation. Pulmonary hydatid cyst-induced embolization is a rare complication of heart or liver hydatid cysts. CASE REPORT: We describe the fatal case of a 15-year-old boy without any known prior illness who was admitted to the hospital after feeling unwell and dropping to the ground while playing ball...
May 5, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412674/analysis-of-relevant-risk-factors-for-intrauterine-death-of-fetuses-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#3
Yang Qiong, Yuan Yichong
Our study aimed to explore the relevant risk factors for intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy via a retrospective analysis. Then, 98 pregnant women with intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy were enrolled, who had undergone the induced labor of dead fetuses in our hospital from January, 2013 to January, 2015. By taking their disease conditions into considerations, methods of induced labor as softening of cervix with dinoprostone suppositories and amniotic infusion of ethacridine or oxytocin were performed, and the timely cesarean section for termination of pregnancy was performed...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407445/lethal-bentazone-intoxication-a-report-of-two-cases
#4
Petar Škavić, Zijad Duraković, Marina Nestić
This study presents two cases of lethal bentazone poisonings, their clinical presentation, the course of the disease and the autopsy findings. The first is a 50-year-old male who had sprayed corn with a solution of bentazone and was admitted to the hospital with sweating, fever, nausea, vomiting of aqueous and hemorrhagic content, and bloody, watery stools. He was treated according to the symptoms including extracorporeal hemodialysis, but eventually suffered from multiorgan failure (acute respiratory failure, acute liver failure, coagulopathy, acute renal failure, metabolic acidosis, and gastrointestinal bleeding) and died 11...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395069/involved-in-the-business-of-death-the-social-work-role-in-postmortem-care
#5
Susan Sefansky
One way that hospitals address concerns about postmortem care is through an office of decedent affairs (ODA). Many hospitals use this office to collect death paperwork, release bodies to funeral homes, perform autopsies, or increase rates of autopsies and organ and tissue donations. It is not common for an ODA to report to the Department of Social Work rather than the Department of Pathology. Few offices put the emphasis on postmortem care for families or staff members. A comprehensive postmortem program needs many different components, including support to families (for example, viewing the dead, advising on next steps after a death, and providing bereavement support), consulting with and supporting multidisciplinary staffers, and coordinating with multiple medical center departments...
February 1, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391625/fetal-foot-length-at-delivery-as-a-tool-for-determining-gestation-length-in-non-macerated-stillbirths
#6
Elaine Geldenhuys, Jean Coldrey, Colleen Wright, Daan Nel, Drucilla J Roberts, Theonia K Boyd, Hein Odendaal
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether fetal foot length at autopsy could reliably indicate gestation duration at stillbirth and the effects of maceration on this method. METHODS: The present cross-sectional secondary analysis was part of the Safe Passage Study; all Safe Passage Study participants who experienced a stillbirth at Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, between August 1, 2007, and January 31, 2015, were eligible to participate. After providing written informed consent for autopsy, the duration of gestation calculated using early ultrasonography and fetal foot length were compared...
July 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325959/perinatal-mortality-associated-with-positive-postmortem-cultures-for-common-oral-flora
#7
Mai He, Alison R Migliori, Patricia Lauro, C James Sung, Halit Pinar
Introduction. To investigate whether maternal oral flora might be involved in intrauterine infection and subsequent stillbirth or neonatal death and could therefore be detected in fetal and neonatal postmortem bacterial cultures. Methods. This retrospective study of postmortem examinations from 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2010 was searched for bacterial cultures positive for common oral flora from heart blood or lung tissue. Maternal age, gestational age, age at neonatal death, and placental and fetal/neonatal histopathological findings were collected...
2017: Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324770/a-non-fatal-intoxication-and-seven-deaths-involving-the-dissociative-drug-3-meo-pcp
#8
Anna Johansson, Daniel Lindstedt, Markus Roman, Gunilla Thelander, Elisabet I Nielsen, Ulrica Lennborn, Håkan Sandler, Sten Rubertsson, Johan Ahlner, Robert Kronstrand, Fredrik C Kugelberg
INTRODUCTION: 3-methoxyphencyclidine (3-MeO-PCP) appeared on the illicit drug market in 2011 and is an analogue of phencyclidine, which exhibits anesthetic, analgesic and hallucinogenic properties. In this paper, we report data from a non-fatal intoxication and seven deaths involving 3-MeO-PCP in Sweden during the period March 2014 until June 2016. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: The non-fatal intoxication case, a 19-year-old male with drug problems and a medical history of depression, was found awake but tachycardic, hypertensive, tachypnoeic and catatonic at home...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289365/br%C3%A3-lologie-et-m%C3%A3-decine-l%C3%A3-gale-les-victimes-d%C3%A2-incendie
#9
R Costagliola, J-P Campana, M Costagliola
During a judicial inquiry, the forensic doctor is frequently required to examine the hospitalized fire victim. He has to produce a certificate on the burns, defining their origin, seriousness and prognosis. The expert assessment of serious burn victims consists in an overall evaluation of functional and psychological sequelae, and can be conducted only after the long period of treatment needed for them to heal. The expert must know the forensic rules concerning the specific features of sequelae that follow a cutaneous burn injury...
December 31, 2016: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255632/population-based-autopsy-study-of-traumatic-fatalities
#10
S Saar, A Lomp, J Laos, V Mihnovitš, R Šalkauskas, T Lustenberger, M Väli, U Lepner, P Talving
BACKGROUND: Injuries result in 5.8 million global fatalities annually and are the leading cause of death in younger individuals. Nevertheless, population-based autopsy investigations on traumatic deaths are scarce. We set out to study all consecutive autopsies on traumatic fatalities performed in a 5-year time segment in Estonia. METHODS: After the ethics review board approval, all consecutive autopsies after blunt or penetrating deaths occurring in prehospital or in-hospital settings between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013, were retrospectively reviewed using the National Forensic Medicine Database...
July 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248122/-double-homicide-with-a%C3%A2-damning-bite-mark-on-the-offender%C3%A2-s%C3%A2-body-case-report
#11
Markéta Kulvajtová, Jiří Hladík, Lucie Zemančíková
The authors deal with a case of a double homicide, the parental murder made by their older son, which was committed by a combination of stabbing and cutting wounds. The perpetra-tor tried to hide the bodies, so he doused them with gasoline and set fire to them on a lonely forest road. Then he ran over the remains by his car. The cause of death was in both cases open wound of the neck - autopsy findings of the woman´s body testified for a blood aspi-ration, on the man´s body it was not clear for a partial charring, so the possibilities were blood aspiration, air embolism or external bleeding with haemorrhagic shock...
2017: Soudní Lékarství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210568/clozapine-induced-hypersensitivity-myocarditis-presenting-as-sudden-cardiac-death
#12
Natraj Katta, Sudarshan Balla, Kul Aggarwal
Hypersensitivity myocarditis is a rare but serious adverse effect of clozapine, a commonly used psychiatric drug. We report the case of sudden cardiac death from clozapine-induced hypersensitivity myocarditis diagnosed at autopsy. A 54-year-old Caucasian male on clozapine therapy for bipolar disorder presented with a sudden onset of shortness of breath. Laboratory studies were significant for elevated N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide. During his hospital stay, the patient died of sudden cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137731/clinical-presentation-autopsy-results-and-toxicology-findings-in-an-acute-n-ethylpentylone-fatality
#13
Phoutthasone Thirakul, Laura S Hair, Kirstin L Bergen, Julia M Pearson
The clinical presentation, autopsy findings and toxicology results in an acute fatality involving N-ethylpentylone, a new cathinone derivative, are described. Law enforcement transported a male who was agitated and exhibiting unusual behavior to a local hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, his body temperature was 105.5 degrees Fahrenheit and his blood pH was 6.7. Clinical laboratory analysis revealed elevated troponins, rhabdomyolysis, hypoglycemia, hepatic and renal injury, respiratory failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049543/the-level-of-free-circulating-mitochondrial-dna-in-blood-as-predictor-of-death-in-case-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
#14
MULTICENTER STUDY
Nikolay P Sudakov, Konstantin A Apartsin, Svetlana A Lepekhova, Sergey B Nikiforov, Alexander I Katyshev, Galina I Lifshits, Anna V Vybivantseva, Yuri M Konstantinov
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of treating acute myocardial ischemic damages depends, to a large extent, on the development of technologies for predicting their course and outcome. The aim of this paper was to explore whether it would be possible to consider the content of free circulating mitochondrial DNA as a danger-associated molecular pattern for assessing the probability of death from myocardial infarction. METHODS: We have analyzed the clinical outcomes based on discharge summaries and autopsy reports obtained in the course of the PROTOCOL observational trial...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930701/natural-and-undetermined-sudden-death-value-of-post-mortem-genetic-investigation
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Olallo Sanchez, Oscar Campuzano, Anna Fernández-Falgueras, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Irene Mademont, Jesus Mates, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Monica Coll, Ferran Pico, Anna Iglesias, Coloma Tirón, Catarina Allegue, Esther Carro, María Ángeles Gallego, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Anna Hospital, Narcís Bardalet, Juan Carlos Borondo, Albert Vingut, Elena Arbelo, Josep Brugada, Josep Castellà, Jordi Medallo, Ramon Brugada
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexplained death may be the first manifestation of an unknown inherited cardiac disease. Current genetic technologies may enable the unraveling of an etiology and the identification of relatives at risk. The aim of our study was to define the etiology of natural deaths, younger than 50 years of age, and to investigate whether genetic defects associated with cardiac diseases could provide a potential etiology for the unexplained cases. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Our cohort included a total of 789 consecutive cases (77...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916774/non-islet-cell-tumor-hypoglycemia-caused-by-a-big-insulin-like-growth-factor-ii-producing-hepatocellular-carcinoma-an-autopsy-case-report
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REVIEW
Hirohito Naruse, Norihiko Shimoyama, Tsugumi Satoh, Yoshiya Yamamoto, Kazuteru Hatanaka, Taiki Kudo, Masayoshi Ohno, Kazuharu Suzuki, Hajime Hirata, Marina Suzuki
A 73-year-old man with a hepatocellular carcinoma was admitted to our hospital. He suffered from recurrent severe hypoglycemia. An autopsy was performed after his death. Anti-insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) monoclonal antibody immunostaining of the hepatocellular carcinoma was positive. Western immunoblot analysis of the serum revealed highly elevated IGF-II. Therefore, we diagnosed this case as a non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia caused by a big IGF-II-producing hepatocellular carcinoma.
2016: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905341/heidenhain-variant-of-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-a-patient-who-had-bovine-bioprosthetic-valve-implantation
#17
Jehard Hashoul, Waleed Saliba, Irina Bloch, Haneen Jabaly-Habib
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by rapidly progressing dementia, general neurologic deterioration, and death. When the leading symptoms are visual disturbances, it is termed as the Heidenhain variant of CJD (HvCJD). CJD was reported following prion-contaminated pericardium transplants but never after bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve. In this case report, we describe HvCJD in a patient who had a bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve implant. An 82-year-old-woman was referred to neuro-ophthalmology clinic for unexplained visual loss that started 1 month previously...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835822/woven-coronary-artery-anomaly-presenting-as-sudden-cardiac-death
#18
José-Fernando Val-Bernal, Séfora Malaxetxebarria, Irene González-Rodilla, Miguel Salas-García
Woven coronary artery is a rare anomaly characterized by thin channels arising from the coronary artery and reanastomosing at the distal arterial segment. To our knowledge, no data are available currently on the histologic structure of the woven segment. A 39-year-old man presented with sudden atypical chest pain while he was practicing cycling. During the transfer of the patient to the hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest. After 50 min of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient could not return to sinus rhythm and died...
January 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835759/zika-virus-epidemic-in-brazil-i-fatal-disease-in-adults-clinical-and-laboratorial-aspects
#19
Raimunda S S Azevedo, Marialva T Araujo, Arnaldo J Martins Filho, Consuelo S Oliveira, Bruno T D Nunes, Ana C R Cruz, Ana G P A C Nascimento, Rita C Medeiros, Cezar A M Caldas, Fernando C Araujo, Juarez A S Quaresma, Barbara C B Vasconcelos, Maria G L Queiroz, Elizabeth S Travassos da Rosa, Daniele F Henriques, Eliana V P Silva, Jannifer O Chiang, Lívia C Martins, Daniele B A Medeiros, Juliana A Lima, Márcio R T Nunes, Jedson F Cardoso, Sandro P Silva, Pei-Yong Shi, Robert B Tesh, Sueli G Rodrigues, Pedro F C Vasconcelos
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) was first detected in Brazil in May 2015 and the country experienced an explosive epidemic. However, recent studies indicate that the introduction of ZIKV occurred in late 2013. Cases of microcephaly and deaths associated with ZIKV infection were identified in Brazil in November, 2015. OBJECTIVES: To determine the etiology of three fatal adult cases. STUDY DESIGN: Here we report three fatal adult cases of ZIKV disease...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829072/autopsy-prevalence-of-tuberculosis-and-other-potentially-treatable-infections-among-adults-with-advanced-hiv-enrolled-in-out-patient-care-in-south-africa
#20
Aaron S Karat, Tanvier Omar, Anne von Gottberg, Mpho Tlali, Violet N Chihota, Gavin J Churchyard, Katherine L Fielding, Suzanne Johnson, Neil A Martinson, Kerrigan McCarthy, Nicole Wolter, Emily B Wong, Salome Charalambous, Alison D Grant
BACKGROUND: Early mortality among HIV-positive adults starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains high in resource-limited settings, with tuberculosis (TB) the leading cause of death. However, current methods to estimate TB-related deaths are inadequate and most autopsy studies do not adequately represent those attending primary health clinics (PHCs). This study aimed to determine the autopsy prevalence of TB and other infections in adults enrolled at South African PHCs in the context of a pragmatic trial of empiric TB treatment ("TB Fast Track")...
2016: PloS One
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