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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330991/diaphyseal-nutrient-foramina-in-dried-human-adult-long-bones-of-lower-limb-in-pakistan
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Ejaz Afzal, Fatima Sherin, Omair Khan, Noaman Hussain Siddiqui
BACKGROUND: osteogenesis needs circulation of blood in the bones. Bone growth, repair of fracture, maintenance of bone vitality and other injures also need blood circulation in proper way. Blood is allowed to flow via holes in the diaphysis, which are called as nutrient foramina. METHODS: The crosssectional study was done in the department of Anatomy, Ayub and Khyber Medical College (Osteology Sections). The aim was to observe diaphyseal nutrient foramina in the human long bones of the lower limb...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324321/injuries-sustained-in-falling-fatalities-in-relation-to-different-distances-of-falls
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Hasan Abder-Rahman, Mohanad S O Jaber, Shrouq S Al-Sabaileh
BACKGROUND: Falling from a distance is an important issue worldwide, which happens in different ages, genders and circumstances. It is usually not considered a medicolegal case in many countries hence no autopsy is performed. This study focused on analyzing injuries sustained in victims of falling in relation to different distances of fall. METHODS: Retrospective study of 352 autopsy reports of falling victims brought to the forensic pathology department at Jordan University Hospital during the period from January 1990 to March 2016...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324320/first-survey-of-forensically-important-insects-from-human-corpses-in-shiraz-iran
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Mohammad D Moemenbellah-Fard, Davood Keshavarzi, Mehran Fereidooni, Aboozar Soltani
The presence of insects on human cadavers has potential judicial value in medicolegal cases. This research emphasized the important role of insects in postmortem decomposition. It was conducted to investigate the composition and abundance of insects from human corpses during autopsies in legal medicine. It was implemented in the city of Shiraz, south Iran. Insects associated with human corpses were carefully collected and put into labelled vials. They were then identified using valid taxonomic keys. Fifteen outdoor (67%) and indoor discovered cadavers were examined...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309289/anesthesia-for-same-day-discharge-after-craniotomy-review-of-a-single-center-experience
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Veena Sheshadri, Lashmi Venkatraghavan, Pirjo Manninen, Mark Bernstein
Same day discharge or outpatient surgery for intracranial procedures has become possible with the advent of image-guided minimally invasive approaches to surgery and availability of short-acting anesthetic agents. In addition, patient satisfaction and the benefits of avoiding hospital stay have resulted in the evolution of neurosurgical day surgery. We reviewed our experience and the available literature to determine the perioperative factors involved which have promoted and will improve this concept in the future...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243077/pulmonary-embolus-as-cause-of-death-in-an-adolescent-demonstration-on-postmortem-ct
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Mary P Harty, H Theodore Harcke, Sharon W Gould, Adrienne Sukula-Perlman
Computed tomography (CT) is widely accepted in adult forensic death investigations (determination of cause and manner of death) but is only beginning to play a larger role in the cause of death determination in infants and children. We present a case of an adolescent with nephrotic syndrome who sustained cardiac arrest and died in the emergency department. A postmortem CT was requested by the state Office of the Medical Examiner as part of the medicolegal death investigation. Postmortem CT showed a saddle pulmonary embolus that was confirmed on conventional autopsy, demonstrating a natural manner of death...
December 14, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239156/do-patients-require-escorts-or-carers-for-discharge-following-day-surgery-and-office-based-anesthesia-both-sides-of-the-debate-explored
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Keira P Mason, Christopher M Burkle
Over the past few years, there has been a rapid rise in office-based procedures, out of hospital and day surgery procedures, particularly as an effort to combat the escalating costs of hospital- based services. Coincident with this burgeoning demand for office based anesthesia, is the accompanying increased risk of anesthesia and sedation-related complications. In the 1990's and 2000's, the risk of mortality was higher for anesthetics and sedations performed outside of the operating theater setting. Although guidelines exist for ambulatory and office based anesthesia, they are being continuously reviewed and reconsidered...
December 13, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232618/pediatric-medicolegal-autopsy-in-france-a-forensic-histopathological-approach
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Clémence Delteil, Lucile Tuchtan, Julia Torrents, Caroline Capuani, Marie-Dominique Piercecchi-Marti
The aim of postmortem medicolegal examination in pediatric death is primarily to establish the circumstances and causes of death and to exclude child abuse. In France, pediatric death is systematically documented by medicolegal or medical autopsy. In case of medicolegal autopsy, the complementary examinations, requested and financed by justice, are rarely limited to a histopathological examination. However in medical autopsies other tools are available to the pathologist as toxicology, biochemistry and molecular biology...
January 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219263/-comparison-of-measurement-methods-of-exophthalmos-and-its-forensic-significance
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S L Tan, J M Chen, X Y Yu, M W Wang, P P Zhuo, S Zhou, W T Xia
OBJECTIVES: To compare the differences between Hertel exophthalmometry and CT on exophthalmos measurement, and explore its practical application value in forensic medicine. METHODS: Fifty-six normal individuals without eye injuries or diseases were selected as the control group. The absolute values of exophthalmos were measured in the standardized CT image workstation. The difference of binocular exophthalmos was compared in normal group. Forty-seven cases with unilateral orbital fracture were divided into injured eye group and normal eye group according to the presence of binocular orbital fractures...
August 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200173/medical-malpractice-claims-following-incidental-durotomy-due-to-spinal-surgery
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Wesley M Durand, Adam E M Eltorai, Govind Shantharam, J Mason DePasse, Eren O Kuris, Alicia E Hersey, Mark A Palumbo, Alan H Daniels
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: Analyze medical malpractice verdicts and settlements associated with incidental durotomy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Incidental durotomy is a common complication of spine surgery. While most intraoperative dural tears are repaired without sequelae, persistent CSF leak, infection, or neurological injury can yield adverse outcomes. The medicolegal implications of incidental durotomy are poorly understood...
December 4, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188155/abdominal-drains-retrieved-laparoscopically-15-years-post-laparotomy
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Anant Dinesh, Vishnu R Mani, Aleksandr Kalabin, Irwin C White-Gittens, Brian Donaldson
A retained intra-abdominal foreign body is a common occurrence that is frequently underreported due to its medicolegal implications. Sponges, gauzes, surgical instruments, abdominal drains, etc. have been reported in the literature. The most common presentation for a retained intra-abdominal foreign body is postoperative abdominal infections or bleeding, frequently seen in the immediate postoperative period. Most of these foreign bodies are removed by exploratory laparotomy owing to recent abdominal surgeries or presentation as complicated abdominal masses...
September 24, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161140/medicolegal-malpractice-and-ethical-issues-in-radiologybreast-density-laws
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Leonard Berlin
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December 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141482/obstetric-practice-guidelines-labor-s-love-lost
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Wayne R Cohen, Emanuel A Friedman
Implementation of clinical practice guidelines may moderate health care costs, improve care, reduce medicolegal liability, and provide a uniformity in care allowing meaningful investigation of treatments and outcomes. However, new guidelines are often uncritically embraced by clinicians, risk management organizations, insurance companies, and the courts as the standard of care. Adoption of incompletely vetted recommendations can lead to patient harm. Recent recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for assessment and management of labor provide an example of well-intended guidelines adopted uncritically...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140804/exploration-of-predictive-biomarkers-for-sudden-unexplained-cardiac-death-in-nonelderly-people-a-case-control-study-with-biochemical-parameters-related-to-heart-failure
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Sakai Kentaro, Iwadate Kimiharu, Matsumoto Sari, Takasu Shojiro, Kanto Yuko
Sudden unexplained cardiac death (SUCD) can occasionally occur in nonelderly patients with epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, or no medical history. This study was conducted to aim to analyze whether values of the biomarkers for heart failure are associated with the SUCD. Serum concentrations of N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and tumor necrosis factor α were analyzed in 57 nonelderly patients with SUCD who was diagnosed at medicolegal autopsy. The subjects were divided into 3 subgroups according to the medical history: (1) epilepsy, (2) psychiatric disorders, and (3) no specific medical history...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140803/use-of-postmortem-computed-tomography-to-detect-bowel-obstruction-and-its-relationship-to-the-cause-of-death
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Dominic Gascho, Sarah Schaerli, Lucile Tuchtan-Torrents, Michael J Thali, Guillaume Gorincour
Bowel distension frequently indicates bowel obstruction, which is a common diagnosis in clinical radiology. Typically, symptoms and complaints lead to radiological examinations and the detection of the etiology. Untreated intestinal obstructions can lead to a fatal outcome through cardiac failure due to septic shock. Certain of these cases undergo medicolegal investigations depending on the case history, the condition of the decedent, the location of the finding, or recent visits to medical professionals. Computed tomography (CT) is a recommended method in clinical radiology for the detection of bowel obstruction, which is indicated by bowel distension and further radiological signs (eg, the whirl sign, which indicates a volvulus)...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133333/barriers-and-facilitators-to-orthopaedic-surgeons-uptake-of-decision-aids-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-qualitative-study
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Samantha Bunzli, Elizabeth Nelson, Anthony Scott, Simon French, Peter Choong, Michelle Dowsey
OBJECTIVES: The demand for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is increasing. Differentiating who will derive a clinically meaningful improvement from TKA from others is a key challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. Decision aids can help surgeons select appropriate candidates for surgery, but their uptake has been low. The aim of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators to decision aid uptake among orthopaedic surgeons. DESIGN: A qualitative study involving face-to-face interviews...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131309/deaths-from-resident-to-resident-aggression-in-australian-nursing-homes
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Briony Murphy, Lyndal Bugeja, Jennifer Pilgrim, Joseph E Ibrahim
OBJECTIVES: To describe the frequency and nature of deaths from resident-to-resident aggression (RRA) in nursing homes in Australia. DESIGN: National population-based retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Accredited nursing homes in Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Residents whose deaths resulted from RRA and were reported to the coroner between July 1, 2000, and December 31, 2013. MEASUREMENTS: Cases were identified using the National Coronial Information System, and data on individual, interpersonal, organizational, and societal factors were collected through review of the paper-based coroners' files...
November 13, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127226/risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-relation-to-season-specific-cold-spells-a-case-crossover-study-in-finland
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Niilo R I Ryti, Elina M S Mäkikyrö, Harri Antikainen, Eeva Hookana, M Juhani Junttila, Tiina M Ikäheimo, Marja-Leena Kortelainen, Heikki V Huikuri, Jouni J K Jaakkola
OBJECTIVE: To test a priori hypothesis of an association between season-specific cold spells and sudden cardiac death (SCD). METHODS: We conducted a case-crossover study of 3614 autopsy-verified cases of SCD in the Province of Oulu, Finland (1998-2011). Cold spell was statistically defined by applying an individual frequency distribution of daily temperatures at the home address during the hazard period (7 days preceding death) and 50 reference periods (same calendar days of other years) for each case using the home coordinates...
November 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122395/the-clinical-and-medicolegal-implications-of-radiology-results-communication
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Barun Aryal, Derek A Khorsand, Theodore J Dubinsky
Multiple guidelines and legal precedents have established the radiologist's duty to inform clinicians directly of critical findings, or findings that will greatly impact patient health in a timely manner [1]. While the number one cause for radiology malpractice cases is misdiagnosis, the literature shows a growing portion of lawsuits surrounding breakdowns in communication between radiologists and ordering providers [2,3]. As such, a review of guidelines related to the communication of imaging results is warranted...
October 12, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117603/-clinical-tests-for-symptom-validity-assessment
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Bernhard Widder
Assessing symptom validity is essential both in the clinical and medicolegal contexts. If neurological symptoms are demonstrated and/or a patient complains of pain that is not or cannot be fully explained by an underlying disease, it is necessary to recognize reliably a possible psychological cause in order to avoid further unnecessary examinations. In the medicolegal context, malingering or exaggeration of complaints for obtaining financial benefit is to be differentiated in a further step. The present overview contains a summary of clinical observations and tests for neurologists and psychiatrists used for symptom validity assessment of sensorimotor symptoms, tremor, gait, equilibrium and visual disturbances as well as pain...
November 8, 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108867/medicolegal-issues-for-the-respiratory-paediatrician
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Ian M Balfour-Lynn
The legal profession depends on expert witnesses, and indeed the first time an English Court relied on an expert medical witness was in the 14th century. Asking a specialist to comment on the standard of professional practice expected in their own specialty was first introduced in a 1767 case [1]. This article draws on 20 years of experience in medicolegal work relating to paediatric respiratory medicine. It highlights some of the legal principles that lie behind an expert opinion and what constitutes clinical negligence...
October 12, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
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