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  1. Needle autopsy

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    Philip Davis, Marsden.

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Muitas vezes, em clínicas de países tropicais, não há tempo nem condições para se realizar uma necropsia adequada em um paciente que foi a óbito. Um técnica de biópsia por punção é descrita para fins de exame em necropsia limitadamente fechada, para esclarecimento da histologia do órgão. Dessa manei [...] ra, o clínico pode resolver enigmas de doenças fatais. Abstract in english Often in tropical practice there is not time or conditions to do a proper autopsy on a patient who has died. A needle biopsy technique is described for limited closed autopsy examination to clariffy organ histology. In this way the clinician may resolve puzzling fatal disease. [...

  2. Needle autopsy

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    Philip Davis Marsden

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Often in tropical practice there is not time or conditions to do a proper autopsy on a patient who has died. A needle biopsy technique is described for limited closed autopsy examination to clariffy organ histology. In this way the clinician may resolve puzzling fatal disease.Muitas vezes, em clínicas de países tropicais, não há tempo nem condições para se realizar uma necropsia adequada em um paciente que foi a óbito. Um técnica de biópsia por punção é descrita para fins de exame em necropsia limitadamente fechada, para esclarecimento da histologia do órgão. Dessa maneira, o clínico pode resolver enigmas de doenças fatais.

  3. Autopsy Status and Pathologists’ Attitude Towards Autopsy in Turkey

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    Kösemehmeto?lu, Kemal

    2007-01-01

    Aim: While there have been efforts to slow the recent declining trend in autopsy practice in the world, in Turkey there is already a low level of medical autopsy audit, practically nearing zero. In this study, we determine and evaluate the autopsy status in Turkey; reveal pathologists' attitudes towards autopsy practice; propose several factors to explain current autopsy audit; and discuss differences in Turkey's autopsy practice with that of the rest of the world. Materials and Me...

  4. Assessing the autopsy.

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    Nemetz, P. N.; J. Ludwig(Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany); Kurland, L T

    1987-01-01

    This study outlines the role of autopsies in medical practice and health policy, details the nature and reason for declining rates, including those in Rochester, Minnesota, and suggests possible remedial measures to halt or reverse this trend. It is concluded that one of the principal impediments to reversing the declining rate of autopsies is what is referred to in Economics as "market failure." In particular, the nature of the spatial and temporal distribution of costs and benefits has prec...

  5. Touchless autopsy report

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    Rodrigues, César Augusto Cardoso

    2013-01-01

    This dissertation is a response to the most uncomfortable tasks in the medical examiners work, the tasks required to prepare an autopsy report. This is one of their biggest and most frequent limitations. The new technological tools of person-machine interface in the market motivated the realization of this project. This project is developed in Java, and allows a medical examiner to perform an autopsy report without requiring physical contact with the computer. Thus, this work has the followin...

  6. The maternal autopsy

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    Rushton, DI; Dawson, IMP

    1982-01-01

    Careful study of reports prepared for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in England and Wales has made it clear that many maternal autopsy reports are not as informative as they might be. This is, in part at least, because no pathologist who does not work in a maternity unit can expect to see more than a handful of such deaths in a working lifetime. This paper describes briefly the particular features to look for at autopsy, stresses the importance of taking adequate material for...

  7. The value of neonatal autopsy.

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    Hickey, Leah

    2012-01-01

    Neonatal autopsy rates were in decline internationally at the end of the last century. Our objective was to assess the current value of neonatal autopsy in providing additional information to families and healthcare professionals.

  8. Congenital hyperthyroidism: autopsy report

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    Lima Marcus Aurelho; Oliveira Lília Beatriz; Paim Neiva; Borges Maria de Fátima

    1999-01-01

    We report the autopsy of a stillborn fetus with congenital hyperthyroidism born to a mother with untreated Graves' disease, whose cause of death was congestive heart failure. The major findings concerned the skull, thyroid, heart, and placenta. The cranial sutures were closed, with overlapping skull bones. The thyroid was increased in volume and had intense blood congestion. Histological examination showed hyperactive follicles. The heart was enlarged and softened, with dilated cavities and h...

  9. Autopsias pediátricas / Pediatric autopsies

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    Fernando, Fernández Reverón; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Teresita de Jesús, Montero González; Clara, Santamaría Cuadrado; Ana E, Mera Fernández.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la autopsia es una herramienta útil que garantiza el estudio más completo del enfermo y la enfermedad, y evalúa la calidad del trabajo médico. El estudio de las autopsias pediátricas ofrece un importante volumen de información. Objetivo: demostrar la utilidad de la autopsia para la eva [...] luación de la calidad de la atención médica pediátrica. Métodos: estudio retrospectivo longitudinal. Se estudiaron 363 autopsias pediátricas realizadas en el Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto", desde su inauguración en 1962 hasta el 2011, a través del empleo del Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control en Anatomía Patológica. Resultados: predominó el sexo masculino (56,1 %) y el grupo etario más frecuente correspondió al de 28 días a un 1 año (70,8 %). Las principales causas básicas de muerte fueron por infecciones digestivas, respiratorias y cerebrales. La principal causa directa e intermedia de muerte fue el tromboembolismo pulmonar. La discrepancia clínico patológica fue de un 14,7 % en la causa básica y de 10,3 % en la causa directa de muerte. Conclusiones: el trabajo científico combinado en 50 años de las especialidades de pediatría y anatomía patológica, demostró la utilidad de la autopsia para evaluar la calidad del trabajo médico y el apoyo que brinda el Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control de Anatomía Patológica. Abstract in english Introduction: autopsy is a useful tool to guarantee the most complete study of the sick person and of the disease, and to evaluate the quality of the physician's work. The study of pediatric autopsies provides a huge volume of information. Objective: to prove the usefulness of autopsy for the evalua [...] tion of the quality of pediatric medical care. Methods: retrospective longitudinal study of 363 pediatric autopsies conducted at "Luis Diaz Soto" central military hospital since its opening in 1962 through 2011. To this end, the Automated System of Registration and Control in Pathological Anatomy was used. Results: predominance of males (56.1 %) and of the group aged 28 days to one year (70.8 %). The main causes of death were digestive, respiratory and brain infections. The main direct and intermediate cause of death was pulmonary thromboembolism. The clinical and pathological discrepancy was 14.7% in the main cause and 10.3 % in the direct cause of death. Conclusions: the combined scientific work in 50 years by the pediatrics and pathological anatomy specialties proved the usefulness of autopsy to evaluate the quality of the physician's work and the support given by the Automated System of Registration and Control of Pathological Anatomy.

  10. Findings of autopsy imaging

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    Described is the outline of autopsy imaging (Ai) by CT, MRI and ultrasonography (US) as the reading of the postmortem images is becoming important for radiologist on site. The present major Ai modality is CT, where the cause of death can be identified in most cases of injuries like that by traffic accident, and of intracranial hemorrhagic lesions. It is difficult for CT alone to determine the cause due to acute heart failure, for which Ai by enhanced CT (2-min heart massage during the intravenous infusion of a contrast agent) has been introduced. CT findings in Ai are varied according to the death cause, anabiotic treatment conducted and postmortem changes. The second item includes the gastrointestinal tract dilation, rib fracture, pneumo- or hemo-thorax, bruise or rupture, and intravascular gas, and the third, the blood hypostasis, which emphasizing the shadow at the gravity-loaded portions in Ai CT. MRI signals vary dependently on the temperature and the inversion time should be shortened to suppress the cerebrospinal signal at Ai of the cold body like that stored in a refrigerator. US can detect clear, macroscopic morphological changes and the portable machine has been in practice at autopsy onsite. As sound speed depends on the temperature in water, Ai US images are obscure relative to living body due to the low temperature. Authors think the problem to identify the cause of death will be mostly solved in Japan when radiological technologists more actively participate in Ai. (K.T.)

  11. Maternal mortality: An autopsy audit

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    Jashnani K; Rupani A; Wani R

    2009-01-01

    Background: The process of audit standardizes protocols in departments and has long-term benefits. Maternal autopsies though routinely performed, deserve a special attention. Aims: This study was carried out to calculate the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in a tertiary care hospital and to correlate final cause of death with the clinical diagnosis. An audit of maternal autopsies was carried out to evaluate current practices, identify fallacies and suggest corrective measures to rectify them....

  12. Autopsy Tissue Program

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    The Autopsy Tissue Program was begun in 1960. To date, tissues on 900 or more persons in 7 geographic regions have been collected and analyzed for plutonium content. The tissues generally consist of lung, liver, kidney, lymph, bone, and gonadal tissue for each individual. The original objective of the program was to determine the level of plutonium in human tissues due solely to fall-out from weapons testing. The baseline thus established was to be used to evaluate future changes. From the first, this program was beset with chemical and statistical difficulties. Many factors whose effects were not recognized and not planned for were found later to be important. Privacy and ethical considerations hindered the gathering of adequate data. Since the chemists were looking for amounts of plutonium very close to background, possible contamination was a very real problem. Widely used chemical techniques introduced a host of statistical problems. The difficulties encountered touch on areas common to large data sets, unusual outlier detection methods, minimum detection limits, problems with Aliquot sizes, and time-trends in the data. The conclusions point out areas to which the biologists will have to devote much more careful attention than was believed

  13. Congenital hyperthyroidism: autopsy report

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    Lima Marcus Aurelho de

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the autopsy of a stillborn fetus with congenital hyperthyroidism born to a mother with untreated Graves' disease, whose cause of death was congestive heart failure. The major findings concerned the skull, thyroid, heart, and placenta. The cranial sutures were closed, with overlapping skull bones. The thyroid was increased in volume and had intense blood congestion. Histological examination showed hyperactive follicles. The heart was enlarged and softened, with dilated cavities and hemorrhagic suffusions in the epicardium. The placenta had infarctions that involved at least 20% of its surface, and the vessels of the umbilical cord were fully exposed due to a decrease in Wharton 's jelly. Hyperthyroidism was confirmed by the maternal clinical data, the fetal findings of exophthalmia, craniosynostosis, and goiter with signs of follicular hyperactivity. Craniosynostosis is caused by the anabolic action of thyroid hormones in bone formation during the initial stages of development. The delayed initiation of treatment in the present case contributed to the severity of fetal hyperthyroidism and consequent fetal death.

  14. Maternal mortality: An autopsy audit

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    Jashnani K

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The process of audit standardizes protocols in departments and has long-term benefits. Maternal autopsies though routinely performed, deserve a special attention. Aims: This study was carried out to calculate the maternal mortality ratio (MMR in a tertiary care hospital and to correlate final cause of death with the clinical diagnosis. An audit of maternal autopsies was carried out to evaluate current practices, identify fallacies and suggest corrective measures to rectify them. Materials and Methods: Eighty-nine autopsies of maternal deaths in the period 2003 to 2007 were studied in detail along with the clinical details. Results: There were 158 maternal deaths and 13940 live births in this five-year period. Maternal mortality rate was found to be very high (1133/ 100000 live births in our institution with a high number of complicated referral cases (68/89 cases, 76%. Of the 89 autopsies, acute fulminant viral hepatitis was the commonest cause of indirect maternal deaths (37 cases, 41.5%. This was followed by direct causes like pregnancy-induced hypertension (12 cases, 13.4% and puerperal sepsis (10 cases, 11.2%. Certain fallacies were noted during the audit process. Conclusion: During the audit it was realized that in maternal mortality autopsies, special emphasis should be given to clinicopathologic correlation, microbiological studies, identification of thromboembolic phenomenon and adequate sectioning of relevant organs. We found difficulty in identification of placental bed in the uterus in postpartum autopsies. A systematic approach can help us for better understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases occurring in pregnancy.

  15. The conventional autopsy in modern medicine

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    Ayoub, Tariq; Chow, Jade

    2008-01-01

    In many countries, including the UK, where relatives' consent is required, clinical autopsy rates (i.e. autopsies other than those required by law) have been declining since the 1950s. In the UK, even in teaching hospitals, the clinical autopsy rate has fallen to only 10% of deaths or less. At this rate of decline, clinical autopsies – and the pathologists who perform them – face extinction. The future practice of medicine will be blind to the many adverse consequences of clinical actions or ...

  16. [Cervical fractures in autopsy records].

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    Pankowski, Rafa?; Wilmanowska, Anita; Gos, Tomasz; Smoczy?ski, Andrzej

    2003-01-01

    We reviewed the autopsy records of 1872 cases of death because of politrauma, gunshot wounds and suicidal hanging. The analysis included causes and frequency of cervical spine fractures, their most common localisation, architecture of bone destruction and their influence on cervical cord. The most common cause of cervical spine injury was motor vehicle accidents. We examined 82 specimens with traumatic fractures of cervical spine obtained from accident victims. About half of the injuries occurred in upper cervical spine. The most common fracture localisation was C2 with dens fracture as the most frequent injury. The most common spinal cord lesion was complete rupture mainly at the upper cervical spine level. PMID:14564791

  17. Autopsy and medical education: a review.

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    Charlton, R.

    1994-01-01

    During the twentieth century there has been a decline in the rate of autopsies performed. A review of the literature reveals reasons for this decline which include: an improvement in the medical diagnostic technology available; inadequate training of doctors as to the importance of autopsy; and difficulties in obtaining consent from relatives and the present use of audit. Recommendations for changes in medical education are made which include: a greater appreciation of the procedure as a usef...

  18. Emotionally challenging learning situations: medical students' experiences of autopsies

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    Maria Weurlander; Max Scheja; Håkan Hult; Annika Wernerson

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To explore medical students' experiences of an emotionally challenging learning situation: the autopsy. Methods: Qualitative data were collected by means of written accounts from seventeen students after their first and third autopsies and a group interview with seven students after their first autopsy. Data was interpreted using inductive thematic analysis. Results: Students experienced the autopsy in three ways: as an unnatural situation, as a practical exercise, and as a way to...

  19. An autopsy case of postradiation osteosarcoma

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    An autopsy was made for osteosarcoma arised in the pelvis 15 years after radiation therapy which had been given following radical resection of carcinoma of the cervix in a 52-year-old woman. Literature of post-radiation osteosarcoma was reviewed. (Ueda, J.)

  20. Adult Hirschsprung's disease diagnosed during forensic autopsy.

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    Chatelain, Denis; Manaouil, Cécile; Marc, Bernard; Ricard, Jannick; Brevet, Marie; Montpellier, Dominique; Defouilloy, Christian; Jardé, Olivier

    2006-09-01

    We report a case of fatal Hirschsprung's disease (HD) discovered at autopsy. A 20-year-old man collapsed at home. Emergency medical personnel found him in cardiac arrest and all resuscitative efforts failed. He had a past history of chronic constipation since infancy. Forensic autopsy revealed a megacolon full of gas and stools. Microscopic examination showed absence of ganglion cells in a short segment of the rectum and enterocolitis in the left and transverse colon. HD is rarely described in adults. In many cases, patients complained of constipation since infancy but the affection remained misdiagnosed. The relative good tolerance of the disease is usually due to a short aganglionic bowel segment. Enterocolitis is a frequent and severe complication of HD in children but is rarely described in adults. This case suggests the importance of HD diagnosis in childhood in order to avoid fatal complications with forensic consequences. PMID:17018101

  1. Verbal Autopsy Methods with Multiple Causes

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    King, Gary; Lu, Ying

    2008-01-01

    Verbal autopsy procedures are widely used for estimating cause- specific mortality in areas without medical death certification. Data on symp- toms reported by caregivers along with the cause of death are collected from a medical facility, and the cause-of-death distribution is estimated in the pop- ulation where only symptom data are available. Current approaches analyze only one cause at a time, involve assumptions judged difficult or impossible to satisfy, and require expensive, time-consu...

  2. Congenital hyperthyroidism: autopsy report Hipertireoidismo Congenital

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    Marcus Aurelho Lima; Lília Beatriz Oliveira; Neiva Paim; Maria de Fátima Borges

    1999-01-01

    We report the autopsy of a stillborn fetus with congenital hyperthyroidism born to a mother with untreated Graves' disease, whose cause of death was congestive heart failure. The major findings concerned the skull, thyroid, heart, and placenta. The cranial sutures were closed, with overlapping skull bones. The thyroid was increased in volume and had intense blood congestion. Histological examination showed hyperactive follicles. The heart was enlarged and softened, with dilated cavities and h...

  3. The working procedure of human autopsy specimens

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    In order to perform the Coordinated Research Program for the Reference Asian Man (phase 2): Ingestion and body content of trace elements of importance in Radiation Protection, study on elemental content in organs of normal Chinese has been worked by China Institute for Radiation Protection and Institute of Radiation Medicine - CAMS in recent two years. Sampling and sample collection of human tissues and the procedures of sample preparation of human autopsy specimens are enlisted

  4. Autopsy findings in severe malaria – a case report

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    Dedi Afandi; Budi Sampurna; Inge Sutanto; J. W. Marwoto; Nurjati Chairani; Sutisna Himawan; Rawina W; Ivan Riyanto

    2008-01-01

    Severe malaria, caused by Plasmodium falciparum infection, has a high mortality rate and is the main cause of death in malaria. Since clinical autopsy is unpopular in Indonesia, autopsy examination in malaria cases is rarely done. We reported a forty three year old woman from non endemic area that was dead because of severe malaria. Diagnosis was concluded from autopsy, histopathology, and toxicology. (Med J Indones 2008; 17: 210-5)Keywords: Plasmodium falciparum, cerebral malaria, black wate...

  5. Negative autopsy and sudden cardiac death.

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    Campuzano, Oscar; Allegue, Catarina; Partemi, Sara; Iglesias, Anna; Oliva, Antonio; Brugada, Ramon

    2014-07-01

    Forensic medicine defines the unexplained sudden death as a death with a non-conclusive diagnosis after autopsy. Molecular diagnosis is being progressively incorporated in forensics, mainly due to improvement in genetics. New genetic technologies may help to identify the genetic cause of death, despite clinical interpretation of genetic data remains the current challenge. The identification of an inheritable defect responsible for arrhythmogenic syndromes could help to adopt preventive measures in family members, many of them asymptomatic but at risk of sudden death. This multidisciplinary translational research requires a specialized team. PMID:24532175

  6. Psychological Autopsy: A Psychobiographical Exploration of Suicide

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    José Alonso Andrade Salazar

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present work is a conceptual approach on psychosocial factors related to suicidal psychobiography from the exploration of the lives of people who self-eliminate, for which there will be a review of the literature, based on input from journal articles and books published in various sources of documentation. Autopsy psychology is a data collection method that provides light on the psychosocial motivations that drive and reinforce the act of suicide, and is currently used by professionals responsible for investigating the causes of suicide while contributing data produced in the developing programs to promote mental health and prevention of suicidal ideation and behavior.

  7. The role of coronial autopsies in a context of decreasing hospital autopsies: an investigation of the issues.

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    Carpenter, Belinda; Tait, Gordon; Jonsson, Linda; Peschl, Heiko; Naylor, Charles; Bermudez-Ortega, Aurora

    2010-12-01

    This article scrutinises the argument that decreasing hospital autopsy rates are outside the control of medical personnel, based as they are on families' unwillingness to consent to autopsy procedures, and that, as a consequence, the coronial autopsy is the appropriate alternative to the important medical and educational role of the autopsy It makes three points which are well supported by the research. First, that while hospital autopsy rates are decreasing, they have been doing so for more than 60 years, and issues beyond the simple notion of consent, like funding formulae in hospitals, increased technology and fear of litigation by doctors are all playing their part in this decline. Secondly, the issue of consent has as much to do with families not being approached as with families declining to give consent. This is well supported by recent changes in hospital policy and procedures which include senior medical personnel and detailed consent forms, both of which have been linked to rising consent rates in recent years. Finally, the perception that coronial autopsies are beyond familial consent has been challenged recently by legislative changes in both Australia and the United States of America which allow objections based on religion and culture to be heard by coroners. For these reasons, it is argued that medical personnel need to focus on increasing hospital autopsy rates, while also addressing the complex ethical issues associated with conducting medical research within the context of the coronial autopsy. PMID:21355439

  8. [Clinical autopsy--its role in modern medicine].

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    Diebold, J

    2007-10-24

    At the beginning of the 21st century, pathology is dominated by the advent of new molecular techniques. Presently pathology transforms into a clinical discipline at the interface of diagnosis and therapy. In this context many physicians feel that clinical autopsies are out-dated. However, the autopsy has developed into a highly effective and meaningful tool which uses the whole array of contemporary molecular techniques ("molecular autopsy"). For the future one can expect that the clinical autopsy will remain a pivotal instrument for quality management, student teaching and continuous education, epidemiology (e.g. cancer registries) and research (e.g. for neurodegenerative diseases). By endorsing autopsies physicians show that they are open for self-criticism and have an interdisciplinary view of their profession. Since autopsies often reveal unexpected findings, which can be important for both the lives of other patients and for family members of the deceased, relatives saying yes to an autopsy show true compassion and human solidarity. PMID:18019178

  9. Statistical analysis of Japanese Thorotrast-administered autopsy cases--1980

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    Mori, T. (National Inst. of Radiological Sciences, Anagawa, Japan); Kato, Y.; Aoki, N.; Hatakeyama, S.

    1983-01-01

    In 193 cases autopsied between 1945 and 1980, all persons who had been intravascularly injected with Thorotrast in life, the authors found 131 malignant hepatic tumors, 20 liver cirrhoses, 6 myeloid leukemias, 4 erythroleukemias, 5 aplastic anemias, 4 lung cancers, 1 mesothelioma and 1 osteosarcoma. The causes of death in the Thorotrast-administered autopsy group (193 cases) were compared with those of a non-Thorotrast-administered autopsy group (95,000 cases) of the same sex and age at death as recorded in the Annals of Japanese Pathological Autopsy cases from 1958 to 1978. This comparison revealed that the frequencies of malignant hepatic tumors, liver cirrhosis, erythroleukemia, and aplastic anemia were significantly higher in the Thorotrast-administered group than in the non-Thorotrast-administered group.

  10. Validity of verbal autopsy for ascertaining the causes of stillbirth

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    Arun K Aggarwal

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To validate the verbal autopsy tool for stillbirths of the World Health Organization (WHO by using hospital diagnosis of the underlying cause of stillbirth (the gold standard and to compare the fraction of stillbirths attributed to various specific causes through hospital assessment versus verbal autopsy. METHODS: In a hospital in Chandigarh, we prospectively studied all stillbirths occurring from 15 April 2006 to 31 March 2008 whose cause was diagnosed within 2 days. All mothers had to be at least 24 weeks pregnant and live within 100 km of the hospital. For verbal autopsy, field workers visited mothers 4 to 6 weeks after the stillbirth. Autopsy results were reviewed by two independent obstetricians and disagreements were resolved by engaging a third expert. Causes of stillbirths as determined by hospital assessment and verbal autopsy were compared in frequency. FINDINGS: Hospital assessment and verbal autopsy yielded the same top five underlying causes of stillbirth: pregnancy-induced hypertension (30%, antepartum haemorrhage (16%, underlying maternal illness (12%, congenital malformations (12% and obstetric complications (10%. Overall diagnostic accuracy of verbal autopsy diagnosis versus hospital-based diagnosis for all five top causes of stillbirth was 64%. The areas under the receiver operator characteristic curve (ROC were, for congenital malformations, 0.91 (95% confidence interval, CI: 0.83-0.97; pre-gestational maternal illness, 0.75 (95% CI: 0.65-0.84; pregnancy-induced hypertension, 0.76 (95% CI: 0.69-0.81; antepartum haemorrhage, 0.76 (95% CI: 0.67-0.84 and obstetric complication, 0.82 (95% CI: 0.71-0.93. CONCLUSION: The WHO verbal autopsy tool for stillbirth can provide reasonably good estimates of common underlying causes of stillbirth in resource-limited settings where a medically certified cause of stillbirth may not be available.

  11. Clinical diagnosis versus autopsy findings in polytrauma fatalities

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    Fakler Johannes K; Ertel Wolfgang; Tsokos Michael; Gahr Patrick; Buschmann Claas T

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Objectives The aim of the study was to determine if differences in clinical diagnosis versus autopsy findings concerning the cause of death in polytrauma fatalities would be detected in 19 cases of fatal polytrauma from a Level 1 trauma centre. Methods Clinical diagnoses determining the cause of death in 19 cases of fatal polytrauma (2007 - 2008) from a Level 1 trauma centre were correlated with autopsy findings. Results In 13 cases (68%), the clinical cause of death and the cause of...

  12. FETAL AUTOPSY STUDY OVER A TWO YEAR PERIOD

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    Shailaja

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Perinatal death rate is declining in developed and developing countries and so are perinatal autopsies. In the present days due to wider availability and awareness of prenatal scanning more and more congenital malformations are picked up in e arlier weeks of gestation. This helps in counselling of the couple which usually leads to an informed decision on medical termination of pregnancy. Autopsy performed on such fetuses , yields additional information in many cases. AIMS: The study was carried out to determine how well the prenatal ultrasound findings correlate with autopsy findings and also to determine the cause of death where ultrasound was not performed in patients who had spontaneous intrauterine death and abortion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: T his was a prospective study carried out over a period of two years in the department of pathology at Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences and Research Centre , Hyderabad , from January 2013 to December 2014. A total of 23 fetal autopsies were performed of wh ich one was a twin pregnancy. Brief maternal history , prenatal ultrasound scans , relevant biochemical markers and genetic studies wherever done , were noted. RESULTS : There were 14 male (60.86% and 8 female (34.78% fetuses , and in one case (4.34% gender could not be identified. Nineteen cases (82.60 % were less than 28 weeks of gestation. Medical termination of pregnancy was done in 13 cases (56.52 % whereas , 10 patients (43.47 % had spontaneous intrauterine death of the fetus. Ultrasound scanning was done in 15 cases (65.21 %. In 13 cases (86.66 % the ultrasound and autopsy findings were correlating whereas in two cases (13.33 % there were findings on imaging study which could not be identified on autopsy. Ultrasound was not done in 8 cases (34.78 % out of which 5 cases (62.5 % showed findings on autopsy which could have led to the fetal demise. Twelve cases (52.17 % were referral cases which had come from other hospitals. Genetic studies were done in 6 cases (26.08 % in the form of parental kary otyping and cord blood could be tested in only one case. CONCLUSIONS: There is a good correlation between prenatal ultrasound scanning and autopsy findings. However , functional heart defects , and minute ventricular septal defects cannot be identified on autopsy due to the small size of the organs. At the same time autopsy can demonstrate more accurately congenital malformations and unsuspected cord abnormalities. More awareness is required on the part of treating clinician s as to the appropriate sample collection , its timely transport to the laboratory in order to facilitate genetic testing.

  13. [Adult autopsies in a French university hospital (CHU Amiens) for the period 1975-2005].

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    Chatelain, Denis; Brevet, Marie; Guernou, Malika; Manaouil, Cécile; Leclercq, Fabienne; Bruniau, Alexis; Cordonnier, Carole; Sevestre, Henri

    2007-09-01

    We have reviewed the pathological reports of adult necropsies performed in Amiens hospital during the 1975-2005 period. 1,639 autopsies were performed in 1,049 men and 590 women. We distinguished three periods: 1975-1987 (period 1) with a high number of autopsies (86/year), 1988-1996 (period 2) with a huge decrease of autopsies performed (43/year) and 1997-2005 (period 3) with few autopsies performed (14/year). Patients were younger during period 3, 38% were less than 50 years old versus 26% and 29% during periods 1 and 2. The sex ratio M/F increased during period 3 (2.7 versus 1.7 and 1.9 during periods 1 and 2). Period 3 showed an increase of major diagnoses discovered during autopsies (36% versus 28% of autopsies performed during periods 1 and 2) and showed an increase of autopsies performed after iatrogenic events (20% versus 12% and 13% of autopsies of periods 1 and 2). Period 3 showed an increase of the delay between the death of patients and autopsy and a decrease of the delay of transmission of pathological reports. 2% of autopsies were never answered by the pathologists. In conclusion, our study confirms the major decline of autopsies during the last 30 years. Patients autopsied are currently young men and the autopsies are more frequently performed in potential forensic circumstances. Selection biases explain that major diagnoses are more frequently found at autopsies nowadays than 30 years ago. PMID:18185448

  14. Epidemiology of Visceral Mycoses in Autopsy Cases in 2011.

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    Suzuki, Yuhko; Ohto, Hitoshi; Togano, Tomiteru; Kume, Hikaru

    2015-01-01

    To identify recent trends in the frequency of mycoses in autopsy cases, we performed an epidemiological analysis using the data reported in the "Annual Report of Autopsy Cases in Japan" from 2011. 12,339 cases were autopsied, of which 608 (4.9 %) were found to have fungal infections. Of these, 411 cases (67.6 %) were male, the median age was 67, and 353 cases were severe (58.1 %). Aspergillus spp. was the most predominant causative agent among those infected with one pathogen. These data corroborate our previous data from reports in 2007 and 2009. For the first time since 1989, we observed a case of mycoses caused by Exophiala spp. with adult T cell leukemia and lymphoma. The types of underlying disease were also typical of that in our previous analysis in 2009. These included solid cancers in 124 cases (20.4 %), leukemia in 83 cases (13.7 %), bacterial infections such as pneumonia 69 cases (11.3 %) and malignant lymphoma in 66 cases (10.9 %). In 2011, the number of mycoses following solid organ transplantation totaled 12 cases and was the most numerous since 2005. A limitation of this study may be that the epidemiology of autopsied cases includes the more severe end of the fungal infection spectrum, and selection bias could not be ruled out. Nonetheless, this epidemiological analysis of autopsied cases with fungal infection provides a strong incentive to intensify and improve efforts in diagnosing and treating visceral mycosis. PMID:26329376

  15. Neuropathologic findings after organ transplantation. An autopsy study.

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    Schwechheimer, K; Hashemian, A

    1995-05-01

    Since 1972 organ transplantations of kidney, bone marrow, liver, heart and lung have been performed at the University Hospital of Essen, Germany. Out of 2535 transplantations until September 1993, autopsies were performed in 157 patients In 25 patients (15.9%) neuropathologic findings (n = 26) were found. In 97 autopsies after bone marrow transplantation, 9 patients (9.3%) exhibited a severe neuropathologic alteration. In six patients (6/9; 66.6%), necrotisizing toxoplasmose encephalitis was found. Other cases showed a septic-metastatic mycotic encephalitis with crypto-coccus neoformans and candida albicans (n = 2) and leucemia infiltrates (n = 1). Massive cerebral hemorrhage was the most frequent neuropathologic finding after liver (4/8) and kidney transplantation (3/6). In addition liver-transplanted patients exhibited septic-metastatic encephalitis (3/8) and embolic brain infarct (1/8) as well as cerebral metastases (2/6) and primary malignant cerebral lymphoma in kidney transplantation (1/6). CNS findings in five autopsies after heart-lung-transplantation were diverse. They comprised intracerebral hemorrhage, intravasal lymphoma and septic-metastatic encephalitis, respectively. In summary, neuropathologic autopsy findings after organ transplantation are diverse and preferentially comprise infections, cerebral hemorrhages, and malignant lymphomas. After bone marrow transplantation, the most frequent neuropathologic autopsy finding was toxoplasmose encephalitis and massive cerebral hemorrhages after liver and kidney transplantations. PMID:8542505

  16. Congenital hyperthyroidism: autopsy report / Hipertireoidismo Congenital

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    Marcus Aurelho de, Lima; Lília Beatriz, Oliveira; Neiva, Paim; Maria de Fátima, Borges.

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available Relata-se necropsia de natimorto com hipertireoidismo congênito, filho de mãe portadora de doença de Graves não tratada, que teve como causa de óbito insuficiência cardíaca congestiva. Os achados fundamentais foram vistos no crânio, tireóide coração e placenta. As suturas cranianas encontravam-se fe [...] chadas, com acavalgamento dos ossos cranianos. A tireóide apresentava aumento de volume e congestão sangüinea intensa e, histologicamente, os folículos mostravam hiperatividade. O coração estava aumentado de volume, amolecido, com cavidades dilatadas e sufusões hemorrágicas no epicárdio. A placenta apresentava infartos que acometiam menos de 20% da superfície placentária e os vasos do cordão umbilical encontravam-se completamente expostos por diminuição da geléia de Warton. O hipertireoidismo ficou comprovado pelos dados clínicos maternos, os achados fetais de exoftalmia, craniosinostose prematura e bócio com sinais de hiperatividade folicular. A craniosinostose é causada pela ação anabólica dos hormônios tireoidianos na formação óssea, nos estágios iniciais do desenvolvimento. O início tardio do tratamento no presente caso contribuiu para severidade do hipertireoidismo fetal e óbito. Abstract in english We report the autopsy of a stillborn fetus with congenital hyperthyroidism born to a mother with untreated Graves' disease, whose cause of death was congestive heart failure. The major findings concerned the skull, thyroid, heart, and placenta. The cranial sutures were closed, with overlapping skull [...] bones. The thyroid was increased in volume and had intense blood congestion. Histological examination showed hyperactive follicles. The heart was enlarged and softened, with dilated cavities and hemorrhagic suffusions in the epicardium. The placenta had infarctions that involved at least 20% of its surface, and the vessels of the umbilical cord were fully exposed due to a decrease in Wharton 's jelly. Hyperthyroidism was confirmed by the maternal clinical data, the fetal findings of exophthalmia, craniosynostosis, and goiter with signs of follicular hyperactivity. Craniosynostosis is caused by the anabolic action of thyroid hormones in bone formation during the initial stages of development. The delayed initiation of treatment in the present case contributed to the severity of fetal hyperthyroidism and consequent fetal death.

  17. Acquired immunedeficiency syndrome in forensic autopsies

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    Carlos Delmonte, Prints; José Antonio de, Mello; Ruggero Bernardo, Guidugli; Conceição Gonçalves Caldeira, Cury.

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available No Instituto Médico Legal de São Paulo, de maio de 1985 a maio de 1989, foram realizadas 126 necrópsias de indivíduos portadores de AIDS cujo óbito foi motivo de investigações policiais. 119 eram do sexo masculino e 17 do sexo feminino e o pico de incidência etária foi dos 20 aos 30 anos. Foram obse [...] rvadas 54 mortes em estabelecimentos penais, 29 suicídios, 17 homicídios dolosos, 17 mortes suspeitas, 5 homicídios culposos e 4 corpos em putrefação. Os presidiários, à exceçáo de um que foi estrangulado, faleceram do curso natural da doença. Chamou atenção nas perícias a alta incidência de micobacteriose extra pulmonar. Os suicídios se procederam das mais diferentes formas e as vítimas, em sua maioria, apresentavam o quadro inicial da doença. As mortes suspeitas e os corpos encontrados em deterioração resultaram do abandono dos pacientes pelos familiares. Nos homicídios, a morte quase sempre ocorreu tardiamente nos hospitais e a doença contribuiu certamente para o agravamento das lesões. Os autores chamam atenção sobre os problemas jurídicos e sociais que envolvem as vítimas da AIDS e realçam esses últimos como um obstáculo a um controle efetivo da epidemia. Abstract in english From May 1985 to May 1989, 126 necropsies were performed at the São Paulo City Morgue on cadavers of individuals AIDS victims whose unnatural deaths had prompted police investigations. One hundred and nineteen males and 17 females were included. Ages were most commonly in the 20-to-30 year range. Fi [...] fty four deaths occurred in penal institutions, 29 deaths resulted from suicides, 17 deaths from manslaughter, 17 deaths were considered suspicious, 5 willful murders and 4 others also considered suspicious because corpses were found in advanced stages of putrefaction. Inmates, except one man who was strangled, died as a consequence of the disease. During all autopsies, special attention was paid to the high rate of extrapulmonary Mycobacterial infections. Suicides were committed in different ways and the majority of the victims were documented to be still in the initial stages of the disease. Suspicious deaths and deteriorated corpses were the result of negligence of the subject's families. Homicidal deaths occurred in subjects in the terminal stages of the disease inside the hospital where these subjects were assisted and the immunedeficiency certainly contributed to aggravate the injuries leading to death. Attention is drawn to both legal and social issues affecting AIDS victims. The authors believe these issues may pose a hindrance for efficient control of the AIDS epidemic.

  18. Clinical diagnosis versus autopsy findings in polytrauma fatalities

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    Fakler Johannes K

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    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives The aim of the study was to determine if differences in clinical diagnosis versus autopsy findings concerning the cause of death in polytrauma fatalities would be detected in 19 cases of fatal polytrauma from a Level 1 trauma centre. Methods Clinical diagnoses determining the cause of death in 19 cases of fatal polytrauma (2007 - 2008 from a Level 1 trauma centre were correlated with autopsy findings. Results In 13 cases (68%, the clinical cause of death and the cause of death as determined by autopsy were congruent. Marginal differences occurred in three (16% patients while obvious differences in interpreting the cause of death were found in another three (16% cases. Five fatalities (three with obvious differences and two with marginal differences were remarked as early death (1-4 h after trauma and one fatality with marginal differences as late death (>1 week after trauma. Obvious and marginal discrepancies mostly occurred in the early phase of treatment, especially when severely injured patients were admitted to the emergency room undergoing continued cardiopulmonary resuscitation, i. e. limiting diagnostic procedures, and thus the clinical cause of death was essentially determined by basic emergency diagnostics. Conclusions Autopsy as golden standard to define the cause of death in fatal polytrauma varies from the clinical point of view, depending on the patient's pre-existing condition, mechanism of polytrauma, necessity of traumatic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, survival time, and thus the possibility to perform emergency diagnostics. An autopsy should be performed at least in cases of early fatal polytrauma to help establishing the definite cause of death. Moreover, autopsy data should be included in trauma registries as a quality assessment tool.

  19. A safer method for body restoration following autopsy.

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    Duflou, Johan; McNamara, Bradley; Cluney, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Restoration of autopsy incisions can result in inadvertent needle stick injury to the prosector, which can be difficult to prevent even with the use of personal protective equipment such as Kevlar cut resistant gloves. We present a new technique for closure of autopsy incisions using a commonly available commercial hardware tool, a hole punch with a lever enhanced action, combined with blunt probe sewing, which results in an esthetic and leak-proof means of restoring cadavers. This technique is especially useful in cases which may pose blood-borne infection risks to the prosector. PMID:24117624

  20. [An autopsy case of Down's syndrome with moyamoya syndrome].

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    Watabe, Noriaki; Nishino, Akiko; Arai, Hiroaki; Nishimura, Shinjitu; Suzuki, Shinsuke; Uenohara, Hiroshi; Sakurai, Yoshiharu; Suzuki, Hiroyoshi

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    We reported an autopsy case of Down's syndrome with moyamoya syndrome. A 30-year-old male with Down's syndrome suffered from a cerebral infarction and died of brain herniation. Cerebral angiography showed vascular abnormalities that were the same as moyamoya disease. Pathological findings revealed multiple stenosis of main trunk of the cerebral arteries. Pathologically, the stenosed vessels showed eccentric intimal thickness with cholesterin deposit, unlike moyamoya disease. There are only two previous reports of autopsied cases of Down's syndrome with moyamoya syndrome. We postulate that a protein encoded on chromosome 21 may be related to the pathogenesis of Down's syndrome with moyamoya syndrome. PMID:16164190

  1. 42 CFR 35.16 - Autopsies and other post-mortem operations.

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    ... Autopsies, or other post-mortem operations...autopsy or such other post-mortem operation under...circumstances of the particular death involved. Restrictions...of the autopsy or other post-mortem operation shall...be made a part of the clinical record. [25 FR...

  2. Renal arterial aneurysm--an incidental finding at autopsy.

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    Vaideeswar P

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Herein we describe a rare case of saccular renal artery aneurysm seen as an incidental autopsy finding in an elderly, hypertensive female. The aneurysm was seen as a small exophytic mass with calcified wall and lumen occluded by recanalized thrombus.

  3. Mittelmeier hip prosthesis autopsy study 2 years after implantation.

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    Brach del Prever, Elena Maria

    1983-01-01

    A Mittelmeier hip prosthesis was removed at autopsy 2 years after implantation in a patient who was fatally injured. Macroscopic, histological, radiographic, and metrological studies revealed interesting new aspects on the remodelling of bone and the behaviour of the components of the prosthesis.

  4. Thoraco-pulmonary and hepatic actinomycosis: an autopsy report

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    Powell, George; Mangalika, Manel

    2011-01-01

    Actinomycosis is now a rare disease and death unheard of. Diagnosis is made challenging by its varied presentations and ability to be a ‘great pretender’. This report describes a rare autopsy case of thoraco-pulmonary and hepatic actinomycosis with the preceding clinical presentation.

  5. Autopsy of an Egyptian mummy (Nakht--ROM I)

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    Autopsy of a 3200-year-old Egyptian mummy by an international multidisciplinary team yielded much information about diseases of the ancient past. Major contributions were made by the disciplines of anatomy, dentistry, genetics, hematology, histology, microbiology, nuclear medicine, occupational medicine, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, radiology and virology. Scientists from Toronto, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cardiff participated in the investigatio...

  6. Forensic autopsy costs in the city of São Paulo

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    Fernando Augusto Mardiros, Herbella; Pedro Herbella, Fernandes; Carlos, Delmonte; José Carlos, Del Grande.

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A medicina moderna preocupa-se com análise de custos para os procedimentos diagnósticos e terapêuticos, não havendo trabalhos pertinentes a autópsias em nosso meio. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os custos diretos de uma necropsia forense. TIPO DE ESTUDO: Análise de custos. LOCAL: Instituto Médico Lega [...] l Sede de São Paulo. AMOSTRA: Movimento do ano de 2001. PROCEDIMENTOS: Autópsias forenses de rotina. VARIÁVEIS ESTUDADAS: Análise de despesas com recursos humanos e material consumível na realização de necropsias forenses. RESULTADOS: Os custos com recursos humanos corresponderam a US$ 93,46 ou 90,38% dos custos totais, cabendo às despesas materiais US$ 9,95 ou 9,62%. O custo total foi estimado em US$ 103,41 por procedimento. CONCLUSÕES: O exame necroscópico forense apresenta alto custo para o Estado devendo haver critério nos casos a serem necropsiados, corrigindo-se os custos de acordo com o volume de necropsias. Nossos resultados são semelhantes aos de trabalhos internacionais se os dados forem reorganizados com base no número anual de necropsias. Abstract in english CONTEXT: Modern medical practice involves cost analysis of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. There are no papers dealing with this theme in relation to forensic autopsies in our country. OBJECTIVE: Analysis of direct costs of forensic autopsies. TYPE OF STUDY: Cost analysis. SETTING: São Paulo [...] Medical Examiner's Central Office. SAMPLE: Year 2001 activity. PROCEDURES: Routine forensic autopsies. MEAN MEASUREMENTS: Analysis of direct costs of personnel and material. RESULTS: Cost of personnel represents 90.38% or US$ 93.46. Material expenses comprised 9.62% or US$ 9.95. Total costs were calculated to be US$ 103.41. CONCLUSIONS: Forensic autopsies have a high cost. Cases to be autopsied should be judiciously selected. Our results are similar to international studies if data are rearranged based on the number of annual necropsies.

  7. An autopsy study describing causes of death and comparing clinico-pathological findings among hospitalized patients in Kampala, Uganda

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    Cox, J. A.; Lukande, R. L.; Nelson, A. M.; Mayanja-Kizza, H; Colebunders, R; van Marck, E; Manabe, Y. C.

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    BACKGROUND: Information on causes of death in HIV-infected patients in Sub-Saharan Africa is mainly derived from observational cohort and verbal autopsy studies. Autopsy is the gold standard to ascertain cause of death. We conducted an autopsy study to describe and compare the clinical and autopsy causes of death and contributory findings in hospitalized HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected patients in Uganda. METHODS: Between May and September 2009 a complete autopsy was performed on patients tha...

  8. Verbal Autopsy Methods with Multiple Causes of Death

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    King, Gary; Lu, Ying

    2008-01-01

    Verbal autopsy procedures are widely used for estimating cause-specific mortality in areas without medical death certification. Data on symptoms reported by caregivers along with the cause of death are collected from a medical facility, and the cause-of-death distribution is estimated in the population where only symptom data are available. Current approaches analyze only one cause at a time, involve assumptions judged difficult or impossible to satisfy, and require expensiv...

  9. Probabilistic Cause-of-death Assignment using Verbal Autopsies

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    McCormick, Tyler H.; Li, Zehang; Calvert, Clara; Crampin, Amelia C.; KAHN, KATHLEEN; Clark, Samuel J.

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    In regions without complete-coverage civil registration and vital statistics systems there is uncertainty about even the most basic demographic indicators. In such areas the majority of deaths occur outside hospitals and are not recorded. Worldwide, fewer than one-third of deaths are assigned a cause, with the least information available from the most impoverished nations. In populations like this, verbal autopsy (VA) is a commonly used tool to assess cause of death and esti...

  10. Foetal Autopsy-Categories and Causes of Death

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    Fatima, Uroos; Sherwani, Rana; Khan, Tamkin; Zaheer, Sufian

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    Introduction: Intrauterine death(IUD)/ Stillbirth forms a major part of perinatal mortality which thereby is a good indicator of pregnancy wastage as well as quality of healthcare available. The key objectives of autopsy examination are to know the cause(s) of death, elucidation of pathogenic mechanism and quality control of clinical management. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalent causes of IUD, thereby taking appropriate measures to prevent them and decrease the perinatal mor...

  11. Risk factors for suicide in Bali: a psychological autopsy study

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    Reverger Robert; Kato Motoichiro; Kurihara Toshiyuki; Tirta I Gusti

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The suicide rate in Bali has significantly increased in recent years. However, to date, there have been no case-control studies investigating risk factors for suicide. Methods A psychological autopsy study was conducted comparing 60 suicide cases and 120 living controls matched in age, sex, and area of residence. Results Multiple logistic regression analysis identified the following risk factors for suicide: at least one diagnosis of axis-I mental disorder (OR: 14.84 CI: 6...

  12. Clinicopathologic Findings of Hematological Malignancy: a Retrospective Autopsy Study.

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    Dierksen, Jennifer; Buja, L Maximilian; Chen, Lei

    2015-09-01

    Hematological malignancies exhibit many clinical presentations, from ambiguous systemic symptoms to rapid multi-organ failure. By identifying common clinical, laboratory, and autopsy findings in patients with a hematological malignancy, living patients may be diagnosed and treated earlier. We retrospectively reviewed our institution's 2003-2013 autopsy and respective medical records for patients with a hematological malignancy. Clinical, laboratory and autopsy findings were retrieved. 30 patients with hematological malignancy were identified, including 14 "new" cases, defined here as diagnosed either post-mortem (n=6) or within 4 weeks of death (n=8). 16 patients had a known prior diagnosis of greater than 4 weeks and/or received treatment. "New" patients most frequently presented with pain, dyspnea and gastrointestinal symptoms. Common laboratory findings for new lymphoma patients included elevated aspartate aminotransferase, prothrombin time (PT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), lactic acidosis, and cytopenia. New leukemia patients had peripheral smear findings, thrombocytopenia, elevated PT, lactic acidosis and elevated LDH. Patients with a prior diagnosis of hematological malignancy had similar findings to new patients with increased thrombocytopenia in prior lymphoma cases. Immediate causes of death were most frequently multi-organ failure through malignant organ infiltration and/or septic shock. With an increased awareness of hematological malignancy in a differential diagnosis, a timely diagnosis or clinical interventions can eventually save lives. PMID:26586710

  13. Study of various congenital anomalies in fetal and neonatal autopsy

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    Full Text Available Background: The study of dead is to save the livings. The growing awareness that still births and infant mortalities are unable to reduction has led to a wide spread desire for more information regarding the cause of these deaths. Congenital malformations have become important cause of fetal and neonatal (perinatal mortality in developed countries and would very soon be increasingly important determinants of fetal and neonatal mortality in developing countries like India. In spite of antenatal diagnostic modality still the fetal autopsy plays the vital role in the conformation as well as identification of congenital anomalies and also for the counseling of the parents, to prevent the fetal congenital anomalies in further pregnancies. This study was undertaken with the purpose of finding out cause of death during the perinatal period at government maternity hospital and pediatric department S.V.R.R.G.G.H. and S.V. medical college Tirupati, and to study the clinical and pathological findings (Gross and microscopic in fetal and neonatal death. Methods: The present study of congenital anomalies in fetal and neonatal deaths was done at S.V. medical college, Tirupati, over a time period of 2 years from September 2008 to 2010 August. Consent for autopsy in requested compassionately, respectfully and fully informed. The present study included dead fetus and neonates with gestational age above 20 weeks of intra uterine life and within 7 days of post natal life. All fetuses of gestational age <20 weeks and all neonates above 7 days of age were excluded from the study. The study also obtained clearance from the ethical committee of the institution. Autopsy was performed by standard technique adopted by Edith L. Potter. External and internal findings followed by histopathological examination, and autopsy findings were compared with available ultrasound findings. Results: A total of 46 Autopsies performed, 40 (87% were fetal deaths, 6 (13% were early neonatal deaths. In a total of 46 fetuses, there were 13 male and 33 female babies. On external examination of 46 fetal and Neonatal (perinatal deaths, 8 (17.39% babies showed congenital malformation. On internal examination of the 46 fetal and Neonatal (perinatal deaths, 4 babies showed internal congenital anomalies. A total of 46 anatomical and histopathologic examinations were done among fetal and neonatal (perinatal deaths. Out of 13 autopsies on male babies, 2 had congenital malformation and 33 autopsies on female babies, 7 had congenital malformations. Congenital anomalies were commonest in the birth weight group of 1000-1500 grams accounting for 9 cases. Malformations of central nervous system (33.33% were most common followed by musculoskeletal system (16.66%, genitourinary and respiratory system (8.33% respectively. Conclusion: Most number of perinatal deaths occurred in low birth weight and preterm babies. Study of malformations greatly helpful in genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis in successive pregnancies. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(5.000: 1114-1121

  14. An exploratory study of the pattern of consent for autopsy in a regional hospital setting.

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    Kaar, T K

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    A prospective study of the pattern of responses to requests for autopsy in a general surgical unit was performed. Information on the characteristics of the deceased, of the requestee and of the requester was documented in the case of 66 patients who died while in hospital. Permission to perform autopsy was not requested in 39 out of 66 cases and this was the most frequent contributory factor to the low rate of autopsy. Once a decision to grant or refuse autopsy is made by relatives of the deceased, the decision is unlikely to be reversed. Permission to perform autopsy was more likely to be sought when the deceased was male than when deceased was female. The relatives of patients who had recently undergone surgery were more likely to refuse permission for autopsy than were those of patients who had not had recent surgery.

  15. Correlation between prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and fetal autopsy findings in second-trimester abortions

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    Hauerberg, Laura; Skibsted, Lillian; Graem, Niels; Maroun, Lisa Leth

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    We evaluated the correlation between prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and autopsy findings, based on 52 second-trimester pregnancies terminated due to fetal malformations or chromosome aberrations diagnosed at a gestational age of 12-25 weeks. In 24 pregnancies, there was full agreement between ultrasound and autopsy. In 23 fetuses, the main diagnosis was confirmed and additional or more specific findings were observed on autopsy. In five fetuses, there were considerable differences. Discrepanci...

  16. Primary diffuse leptomeningeal gliomatosis: An autopsy case report

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    Full Text Available Primary diffuse leptomeningeal gliomatosis (PDLG is a rare condition, characterized by infiltration of the meninges by glial cells without evidence of the primary tumor in the brain or spinal cord parenchyma. Glioma arising primarily from the leptomeninges is extremely rare and often diagnosed only in post mortem examination and the diagnosis may be missed in meningeal biopsy. We describe a young female who presented with symptoms of raised intracranial pressure with imaging evidence of diffuse leptomeningeal enhancement in whom autopsy confirmed the diagnosis of PDLG. Our case illustrates the diagnostic difficulties in making the pre-mortem diagnosis even with multiple cerebrospinal fluid cytologies and leptomeningeal biopsy.

  17. An autopsy case of fatal repellent air freshener poisoning.

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    Hitosugi, Masahito; Tsukada, Chie; Yamauchi, Shinobu; Matsushima, Kazumi; Furukawa, Satoshi; Morita, Satomu; Nagai, Toshiaki

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    We describe a first fatal case of repellent air freshener ingestion. A 79-year-old Japanese man with Alzheimer-type senile dementia orally ingested repellent air freshener containing three surfactants: polyoxyethylene 9-lauryl ether, polyoxyethylene (40) hydrogenated castor oil, and lauric acid amidopropyl amine oxide (weight ratio of 1.3%). About 1h after the collapse, he was in cardiopulmonary arrest and subsequently died 10h after his arrival. The forensic autopsy performed 5.5h after death revealed the 380ml of stomach contents with a strong mint perfume identical to that of the repellent air freshener and the findings of acute death. Toxicologically, 9.1?g/ml and 558.2?g/ml of polyoxyethylene 9-lauryl ether were detected from the serum and stomach contents taken at autopsy. Generally, ingestion of anionic or non-ionic surfactants have been considered as safe. However, because the patient suffered from cardiac insufficiency with a low dose of repellent air freshener ingestion, medical staff members must evaluate the elderly patient for cardiac and circulatory problems regardless of the ingested dose. Not only medical and nursing staff members, but also families who are obliged to care for elderly persons must be vigilant to prevent accidental ingestion of toxic substances generally used in the household. PMID:25982958

  18. Bone-dust in autopsies: reduction of spreading.

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    Kernbach-Wighton, G; Kuhlencord, A; Rossbach, K; Fischer, G

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    During autopsies, an open oscillating saw produces large quantities of respirable bone-dust, which is able to carry microbes over several metres. Experiments were done using a modified (open) undulation saw (spray tube to moisten the saw-blade with water). Saw-dust was asservated with culture media. Colonies were identified macroscopically. Microbes in the air were quantified (per unit of time). A remarkable reduction of saw-dust is done by an integrated spray tube using water. There remains a contamination at the head of the autopsy table in the level of the table top. We found a complete decontamination 150 cm above the floor. No spreading of particles carrying microbes was seen over distances of more than 1.5 m. The risk of an airborne infection is minimal when using a manual saw (absence of grinding-dust). The modified type of an 'oscillating saw with a spray-tube' may be considered a practicable compromise between a manual saw and an unprotected undulation saw. It is necessary to complete the precautions against airborne infections by breath masks and safety-goggles. PMID:9022272

  19. An autopsy case of pulmonary fissure induced by zygomycosis.

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    Imai, Yuichiro; Adachi, Yasushi; Kimura, Takashi; Nakano, Chikara; Shimizu, Toshiki; Shi, Ming; Okigaki, Mitsuhiko; Shimo, Tomohiko; Kaneko, Kazunari; Ikehara, Susumu

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    For immunodeficient patients, fungi are life-threatening pathogens. In this paper, we present an autopsy case of combined zygomycosis and aspergillosis. A female in her 70s on chronic hemodialysis was admitted to a hospital suffering bloody sputum, dyspnea, and fever, probably due to perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-related vasculitis. Antibiotics were administered and immunosuppressive therapy was started, resulting in an improvement in her condition. Pneumonia later developed, followed by pulmonary bleeding and intractable pneumothorax from which she ultimately died. On autopsy, the upper lobe of the left lung was found to have hemorrhagic necrosis and showed a large longitudinal fissure. Microscopically, Zygomycota were observed in both the lungs and heart, while Aspergillus was found in the middle lobe of the right lung. Zygomycosis, which usually has a poor prognosis, is assumed to have induced hemorrhagic infarction of the lungs, inducing pulmonary bleeding and necrosis, despite the use of lipid formulations of amphotericin B, which are effective medicines against Zygomycota. PMID:23874118

  20. An Autopsy of Nanofiltration Membrane Used for Landfill Leachate Treatment.

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    Demir, Ibrahim; Koyuncu, Ismail; Guclu, Serkan; Yildiz, Senol; Balahorli, Vahit; Caglar, Suphi; Turken, Turker; Pasaoglu, Mehmet E; Kaya, Recep; Sengur-Tasdemir, Reyhan

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    Komurcuoda leachate treatment plant, Istanbul, which consists of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and nanofiltration (NF) system, faced rapid flux decline in membranes after 3-year successful operation. To compensate rapid flux decline in membranes, the fouled membranes were renewed but replacement of the membranes did not solve the problem. To find the reasons and make a comprehensive analysis, membrane autopsy was performed. Visual and physical inspection of the modules and some instrumental analysis were conducted for membrane autopsy. Membranes were found severely fouled with organic and inorganic foulants. Main foulant was iron which was deposited on surface. The main reason was found to be the changing of aerator type of MBR. When surface aerators were exchanged with bottom diffusers which led to increasing of dissolved oxygen (DO) level of the basin, iron particles were oxidized and they converted into particulate insoluble form. It was thought that probably this insoluble form of the iron particles was the main cause of decreased membrane performance. After the diagnosis, a new pretreatment alternative including a new iron antiscalant was suggested and system performance has been recovered. PMID:26137593

  1. An Autopsy of Nanofiltration Membrane Used for Landfill Leachate Treatment

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    Demir, Ibrahim; Koyuncu, Ismail; Guclu, Serkan; Yildiz, Senol; Balahorli, Vahit; Caglar, Suphi; Turken, Turker; Pasaoglu, Mehmet E.; Kaya, Recep; Sengur-Tasdemir, Reyhan

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    Komurcuoda leachate treatment plant, Istanbul, which consists of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and nanofiltration (NF) system, faced rapid flux decline in membranes after 3-year successful operation. To compensate rapid flux decline in membranes, the fouled membranes were renewed but replacement of the membranes did not solve the problem. To find the reasons and make a comprehensive analysis, membrane autopsy was performed. Visual and physical inspection of the modules and some instrumental analysis were conducted for membrane autopsy. Membranes were found severely fouled with organic and inorganic foulants. Main foulant was iron which was deposited on surface. The main reason was found to be the changing of aerator type of MBR. When surface aerators were exchanged with bottom diffusers which led to increasing of dissolved oxygen (DO) level of the basin, iron particles were oxidized and they converted into particulate insoluble form. It was thought that probably this insoluble form of the iron particles was the main cause of decreased membrane performance. After the diagnosis, a new pretreatment alternative including a new iron antiscalant was suggested and system performance has been recovered. PMID:26137593

  2. [An Autopsy Case of Abnormal Behaviour Induced by Zolpidem].

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    Usumoto, Yosuke; Kudo, Keiko; Sameshima, Naomi; Sato, Kazuo; Tsuji, Akiko; Ikeda, Noriaki

    2015-06-01

    Zolpidem is a widely used ultrashort-acting non-benzodiazepine in clinical practice; compared with benzodiazepines, it does not have side effects such as daytime hangover, rebound insomnia, and development of tolerance. We report an autopsy case of abnormal behaviour induced by zolpidem. A man in his 60's had suffered from postherpetic neuralgia about 2 months ago and had been prescribed zolpidem for insomnia. According to his family, he had no memory of his actions such as striking a wall, taking his futon outside, and eating 5 times a day after he took zolpidem. Because his postherpetic neuralgia did not improve, he was hospitalized and treated with an epidural block. During hospitalization, he took off his clothes, removed the epidural block catheter by himself, and slept on others' beds. He disappeared from the hospital one day; the next day, he was found dead in a narrow water storage tank 10 km away from the hospital. He was thought to have driven a car by himself to reach the place. Forensic autopsy revealed that the cause of death was drowning. Zolpidem and several other drugs were detected by toxicological analysis of his blood; the concentrations of these drugs were within therapeutic range. There are several reports about somnambulism induced by zolpidem such as sleepwalking, sleep driving, and eating. Considering the strange episodes following zolpidem administration, his behaviour on the day of his death was considered abnormal behaviour induced by zolpidem. PMID:26306385

  3. Autopsy practice in forensic pathology - Evidence-based or experience-based? : A review of autopsies performed on victims of traumatic asphyxia in a mass disaster

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    Colville-Ebeling, Bonnie; Freeman, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Current autopsy practice in forensic pathology is to a large extent based on experience and individual customary practices as opposed to evidence and consensus based practices. As a result there is the potential for substantial variation in how knowledge is applied in each case. In the present case series, we describe the variation observed in autopsy reports by five different pathologists of eight victims who died simultaneously from traumatic asphyxia due to compression during a human stampede. We observed that there was no mention of the availability of medical charts in five of the reports, of potentially confounding resuscitation efforts in three reports, of cardinal signs in seven reports and of associated injuries to a various degree in all reports. Further, there was mention of supplemental histological examination in two reports and of pre-autopsy radiograph in six reports. We inferred that reliance on experience and individual customary practices led to disparities between the autopsy reports as well as omissions of important information such as cardinal signs, and conclude that such reliance increases the potential for error in autopsy practice. We suggest that pre-autopsy data-gathering and the use of check lists specific to certain injury causes are likely to result in less deviation from evidence-based practices in forensic pathology. Pre-autopsy data-gathering and check lists will help ensure a higher degree of standardization in autopsy reports thus enhancing the quality and accuracy of the report as a legal document as well as rendering it more useful for data-gathering efforts.

  4. Correlation between prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and fetal autopsy findings in second-trimester abortions

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    Hauerberg, Laura; Skibsted, Lillian

    2012-01-01

    We evaluated the correlation between prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and autopsy findings, based on 52 second-trimester pregnancies terminated due to fetal malformations or chromosome aberrations diagnosed at a gestational age of 12-25 weeks. In 24 pregnancies, there was full agreement between ultrasound and autopsy. In 23 fetuses, the main diagnosis was confirmed and additional or more specific findings were observed on autopsy. In five fetuses, there were considerable differences. Discrepancies between ultrasound and autopsy findings were mainly anomalies undetectable by ultrasound and thus expected; however, about one-third of the discrepancies were not expected, representing findings that were 'missed' at ultrasound. The main ultrasound diagnoses were confirmed in the majority of the pregnancies, but the additional information obtained at autopsy in more than half of the fetuses clearly shows the value and benefit of postmortem fetal examination following termination of a pregnancy.

  5. Differences between postmortem computed tomography and conventional autopsy in a stabbing murder case

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    Talita, Zerbini; Luiz Fernando Ferraz da, Silva; Antonio Carlos Gonçalves, Ferro; Fernando Uliana, Kay; Edson, Amaro Junior; Carlos Augusto Gonçalves, Pasqualucci; Paulo Hilario do Nascimento, Saldiva.

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    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of the present work is to analyze the differences and similarities between the elements of a conventional autopsy and images obtained from postmortem computed tomography in a case of a homicide stab wound. Method: Comparison between the findings of different methods: autopsy an [...] d postmortem computed tomography. Results: In some aspects, autopsy is still superior to imaging, especially in relation to external examination and the description of lesion vitality. However, the findings of gas embolism, pneumothorax and pulmonary emphysema and the relationship between the internal path of the instrument of aggression and the entry wound are better demonstrated by postmortem computed tomography. Conclusions: Although multislice computed tomography has greater accuracy than autopsy, we believe that the conventional autopsy method is fundamental for providing evidence in criminal investigations.

  6. [Autopsy of children, neonates, fetuses and embryos: Preparation, technique and report writing].

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    Sarioglu, N; Turowski, G

    2015-07-01

    Information obtained from the autopsies of children, neonates, fetuses and embryos, may not only be useful to explain the loss experienced by the parents but also to estimate the risk of recurrence. The detection of diseases by an autopsy helps to reduce the risk as well as with the planning of the next pregnancy and the optimal care of mother and fetus. Although incidences are continually dropping, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics each year at least 2.6 million children worldwide suffer intrauterine death after the 28th week of pregnancy. Despite a general decrease in the number of autopsies, the parents agreed to a post-mortem examination in 500 out of 512 cases. The post-mortem examination and interpretation of results of children differ from those obtained from adults. As a supplement to previous publications, this article discusses these differences and may provide standardized instructions on performing autopsies and evaluation of autopsy findings. PMID:26183833

  7. Rapidly aggravated Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease: autopsy-proven case

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    Park, Seung Hyun; Kang, Hyun Koo; Yu, Hyeon; Lee, Sang Chun [Seoul Veterans Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-11-15

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (DJD) is one of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which is mediated by what has been known as 'prion'. It is a rare and fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the middle and old aged. There are a number of subtypes of CJD, one of which is the sporadic type characterized by rapidly progressing clinical symptoms, including progressive dementia, myoclonic jerk, and pyramidal or extrapyramidal syndrome. Patients usually end up dying within 1 to 2 years of contacting the disease. We report an autopsy-proven case of sporadic CJD with clinical symptoms that progressed within several days, along with dramatic changes on diffusion weighted magnetic resonance images.

  8. Correlated study of cerebral infarcts by CAT and autopsy

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    The author aims to demonstrate the increased information which can be acquired from a correlated study of the computed tomogram and the pathomorphological patterns of the most common infarctions seen at autopsy. The discussion is divided into two sections: 1. A short bird's-eye view on the laws of distribution of flow in cases of cerebrovascular insufficiency, particularly all the deviations from simple hemodynamics in the process of infarction. 2. A systematic demonstration of the most frequent CT-patterns correlated with the corresponding pathomorphological specimens. This report is based on 6500 cerebral CTs, from which 590, i.e. 9%, showed infarcts. These include mainly cases seen in the neurological ward of the Merheim City Hospital. (Auth.)

  9. Primary pleural angiosarcoma associated with pneumoconiosis: An autopsy case.

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    Matsuda, Katsuya; Yamaryo, Takeshi; Akazawa, Yuko; Kawakami, Kenji; Nakashima, Masahiro

    2015-11-01

    We report a case of pleural angiosarcoma in an adult male patient confirmed by autopsy and possibly associated with pneumoconiosis. The lesion was characterized by thickened pleura of both lungs with nodular tumors. Histologically, the tumor was composed of spindle-to-polygonal epithelioid cells that were positive for CD31, CD34, vimentin, and cytokeratin on immunohistochemical staining but were negative for calretinin. Further examination revealed mix-dust pathological findings consistent with the existence of pneumoconiosis; dystrophic ossification, anthracosis, and fractal small dust particles were observed in the lung parenchyma and a hilar lymph node. The current case suggests that pneumoconiosis-associated pathologies may be risk factors for the development of angiosarcoma in the pleura. PMID:26314557

  10. Autopsy pathology in the acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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    Reichert, C M; O'Leary, T J; Levens, D L; Simrell, C R; Macher, A M

    1983-09-01

    The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a devastating new illness which appears to be sexually and parenterally transmissible. AIDS was first described in the male homosexual community; however, the disease has more recently been described among intravenous drug abusers, Haitians, hemophiliacs, and others. The etiologic agent is unknown. AIDS may represent an infection by a previously undescribed organism, a mutant of a known microorganism, or a multifactorial combination of environmental, immunologic, and genetic factors. As a consequence of the disease's seemingly irreversible ablation of the cell-mediated immune system, AIDS victims succumb to a variety of infections and/or unusual neoplasms. In its fully developed form, mortality approaches 100%. At autopsy the gross and microscopic pathology of the syndrome can be divided into three general categories: 1) morphologic manifestations of profound lymphoid depletion; 2) infections, usually with mixed opportunistic pathogens; and 3) unusual neoplasms, most frequently Kaposi's sarcoma or high-grade lymphomas. PMID:6311021

  11. Sudden cardiac death and acute drunken state: Autopsy study

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    Mileti? Borislav

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Sudden natural death occurs unexpectedly in apparently healthy subjects, or in persons during an apparent benign phase in the course of disease. The most common cause is sudden cardiac death, which is sometimes the first and last manifestation of coronary heart disease. Alcohol directly influences excitation of myocytes, and therefore provokes arrhythmias and possibly, sudden cardiac death. Objective. To establish the frequency of sudden cardiac death in cases of acute alcohol intoxication, to determine blood alcohol concentration at the moment of death, and to determine frequency and level of ethanol intoxication in chronic alcohol abusers, as well as causes of sudden death in those cases. Method. Retrospective autopsy study was performed for a three-year-period. We analyzed cases of sudden natural death, in relation to age and gender, cause of death, and blood alcohol concentration (at least 0.5 g/L. We considered the person to be a chronic alcoholic abuser if gross examination of organs during autopsy showed changes typical for excessive and habitual alcohol consumption. Results. Our sample consisted of 997 cases: 720 men and 277 women, average age 62.0±15.2 years (min=11; max=98. Total of 753 of them died of sudden cardiac death: much more men (?2=167.364; p=0.000, significantly younger than women (t=6.203; p=0.000. We determined acute alcohol intoxication in 73 persons - average blood alcohol concentration 1.85±1.01 g/L (min=0.55; max=3.85, and 61 of them died of cardiovascular diseases (?2=236.781; df=5; p=0.000. Conclusion. In our observed sample, not many persons were under acute alcohol intoxication (around 7%. Most commonly, they were chronic alcohol abusers who died due to exacerbation of chronic heart disease, mildly or moderately intoxicated - the younger, the drunker.

  12. An autopsy case of pulmonary fissure induced by zygomycosis

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    Full Text Available Yuichiro Imai,1 Yasushi Adachi,2,3 Takashi Kimura,4 Chikara Nakano,5 Toshiki Shimizu,4 Ming Shi,2 Mitsuhiko Okigaki,6 Tomohiko Shimo,1 Kazunari Kaneko,1 Susumu Ikehara2 1Department of Pediatrics, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 2Department of Stem Cell Disorders, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 3Division of Clinical Pathology, Toyooka Hospital, Hyogo, 4First Department of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 5Second Department of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 6Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan Abstract: For immunodeficient patients, fungi are life-threatening pathogens. In this paper, we present an autopsy case of combined zygomycosis and aspergillosis. A female in her 70s on chronic hemodialysis was admitted to a hospital suffering bloody sputum, dyspnea, and fever, probably due to perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-related vasculitis. Antibiotics were administered and immunosuppressive therapy was started, resulting in an improvement in her condition. Pneumonia later developed, followed by pulmonary bleeding and intractable pneumothorax from which she ultimately died. On autopsy, the upper lobe of the left lung was found to have hemorrhagic necrosis and showed a large longitudinal fissure. Microscopically, Zygomycota were observed in both the lungs and heart, while Aspergillus was found in the middle lobe of the right lung. Zygomycosis, which usually has a poor prognosis, is assumed to have induced hemorrhagic infarction of the lungs, inducing pulmonary bleeding and necrosis, despite the use of lipid formulations of amphotericin B, which are effective medicines against Zygomycota. Keywords: pulmonary fissure, zygomycosis, aspergillosis, lung, immunosuppression

  13. Thanatophoric dysplasia: case report of an autopsy complemented by postmortem computed tomographic study

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    Éber Emanuel Mayoral

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD is one of the most common lethal skeletal dysplasias, which was first designated as thanatophoric dwarfism and described in 1967. The authors report a case of a Caucasian girl with TD, born to a 31-year-old woman without comorbidities. The newborn presented respiratory distress immediately after delivery, progressing to death in less than 2 hours. An autopsy was carried out after postmortem tomographic examination. The autopsy findings depicted extensive malformations of the skeletal system and the brain. The aim of this report is to discuss the pathogenesis and correlate the morphologic features of TD that were disclosed at the tomography and the autopsy.

  14. Core Verbal Autopsy Procedures with Comparative Validation Results from Two Countries

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    Setel, Philip W; Rao, Chalapati; Hemed, Yusuf; Whiting, David R; Yang, Gonghuan; Chandramohan, Daniel; Alberti, K. G. M. M.; Lopez, Alan D

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    A procedure for recording verbal autopsy information was tested in two countries and found to be capable of providing reasonable mortality data. The need to undertake validation studies was also demonstrated.

  15. Post mortem magnetic resonance imaging in the fetus, infant and child: A comparative study with conventional autopsy (MaRIAS Protocol)

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    Thayyil Sudhin; Sebire Neil J; Chitty Lyn S; Wade Angie; Olsen Oystein; Gunny Roxana S; Offiah Amaka; Saunders Dawn E; Owens Catherine M; Chong WK 'Kling'; Robertson Nicola J; Taylor Andrew M.

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    Abstract Background Minimally invasive autopsy by post mortem magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been suggested as an alternative for conventional autopsy in view of the declining consented autopsy rates. However, large prospective studies rigorously evaluating the accuracy of such an approach are lacking. We intend to compare the accuracy of a minimally invasive autopsy approach using post mortem MR imaging with that of conventional autopsy in fetuses, newborns and children for detection of...

  16. The etiology of maternal mortality in developing countries: what do verbal autopsies tell us?

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    Sloan Nancy L.; Langer A.; Hernandez B.; Romero M.; Winikoff B.

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    OBJECTIVE: To reassess the practical value of verbal autopsy data, which, in the absence of more definitive information, have been used to describe the causes of maternal mortality and to identify priorities in programmes intended to save women's lives in developing countries. METHODS: We reanalysed verbal autopsy data from a study of 145 maternal deaths that occurred in Guerrero, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí, Mexico, in 1995, taking into account other causes of death and the WHO classificat...

  17. Northern and Southern blot analysis of human RNA and DNA in autopsy material

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    Larsen, S; Rygaard, K; Asnaes, S; Spang-Thomsen, M

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    Fresh biopsy material for molecular biological investigations is not obtainable from all relevant normal human tissues. We studied the feasibility of using RNA and DNA from autopsies for Northern and Southern blot analysis. Tissue samples from seven organs were obtained from 10 autopsies performed 21-118 h postmortem. Extracted RNA and DNA were examined by Northern and Southern blot analysis using oligo-labelled human DNA probes recognizing gene transcripts of 2-5 kb. The results indicated that,...

  18. Cause of death among Ghanaian adolescents in Accra using autopsy data

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    Tettey Yao; Ohene Sally-Ann; Kumoji Robert

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    Abstract Background There is limited data on adolescent mortality particularly from developing countries with unreliable death registration systems. This calls for the use of other sources of data to ascertain cause of adolescent mortality. The objective of this study was to describe the causes of death among Ghanaian adolescents 10 to 19 years in Accra, Ghana utilizing data from autopsies conducted in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH). Findings Out of the 14,034 autopsies carried out from 20...

  19. Mortality and causes of death in Jordan 1995-96: assessment by verbal autopsy.

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    Khoury, S. A.; Massad, D.; Fardous, T.

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    Mortality indicators and causes of death in Jordan were assessed by verbal autopsy. A random sample of 100 clusters of ca. 300 households each were monitored for one year by notification assistants selected from the study area itself. Registered deaths were reported to research assistants who visited the family to complete the verbal autopsy form, which was structured and contained about 100 questions. Causes of death were determined by two physicians according to preset algorithms. A total o...

  20. Academic autopsies in Brazil - a national survey / Autópsias acadêmicas no Brasil - um inquérito nacional

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    Aloísio, Felipe-Silva; Márcia, Ishigai; Thaís, Mauad.

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Investigar o número e a taxa de autópsias acadêmicas, organização geral, ensino e pesquisa em serviços acadêmicos brasileiros. Métodos: Questionários padronizados enviados para escolas médicas brasileiras (n=177) e programas de residência em patologia ativos (n=53) de março a junho d [...] e 2009. Dados coletados referentes ao período de 2003 a 2008. Resultados: Trinta e dois serviços em 11 estados responderam à pesquisa. Vinte e um (65,6%) realizam menos de cem autópsias de causas naturais e menos de cinquenta autópsias fetais ou pediátricas/ano. Vinte e quatro (75%) realizam menos de cem autópsias de adultos/ano. Muitas instituições (46,9%) relataram queda no número de autópsias em seis anos. A contagem total e a taxa de autópsias em 2008 variaram, respectivamente, de 1 a 632 (mediana=80) e de 0 a 66% (média=10,6%). Foi observada uma redução contínua no total de autópsias em um grupo de 19 instituições (p Abstract in english Objective: To investigate the number and rate of academic autopsies, general organization, educational and research in Brazilian academic services. Methods: Standardized questionnaires were sent to Brazilian medical schools (n=177) and active pathology residency programs (n=53) from March to J [...] une 2009. Data were collected for years 2003 to 2008. Results: Thirty-two academic services in 11 Brazilian states answered the survey. Twenty-one (65.6%) perform less than a hundred autopsies for natural causes and less than fifty pediatric or fetal autopsies/year. Twenty-four (75%) perform less than a hundred adult autopsies/year. Many institutions (46.9%) reported a drop in the number of autopsies in a six-year period. The total autopsy count and autopsy rate in 2008 ranged 1-632 (median = 80), and 0-66% (mean = 10.6%), respectively. A steady decrease in the total count of autopsies in a pool of 19 institutions was observed (p

  1. Fungal infections as a contributing cause of death: An autopsy study

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    Megha S Uppin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: With the continuing rise in the number of immunocompromised patients, the incidence of invasive mycoses has increased. Various studies have reported the trends of fungal infections in autopsies. Because of limitations in antemortem clinical diagnosis owing to lack of sensitive diagnostic tools, information regarding frequency and pathogenesis of fungal infections is largely dependent on autopsy studies. Aim: To study the prevalence of fungal infections at autopsy spanning a period of 20 years and to document recent trends, prevalence of various fungi over decades along with underlying predisposing factors and pathological findings. Settings and Design: Retrospective study. Materials and Methods:All autopsies between 1988 and 2007 were reviewed and all cases showing fungal infections were analyzed. The clinical details and demographic data were retrieved from medical records. Representative sections from all organs were stained with hematoxylin and eosin stain and special stains including Gomori?s silver methenamine (GMS and per-iodic acid Schiff (PAS. Culture details were noted, wherever available. Results: A total of 401 autopsies were performed during the study period. Fungal infections were identified in 35 (8.7% of these cases. Leukemia was the commonest risk factor. The commonest pathogen in the present study was Aspergillus sp. The commonest single organ involved was brain (n = 18. Culture positivity was seen in 23.8% cases. Conclusion: The study highlights various predisposing factors and organisms in autopsy series. Existing diagnostic modalities are not sensitive to ensure antemortem diagnosis of fungal infections.

  2. Distribution of biventricular disease in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy: an autopsy study.

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    Tavora, Fabio; Zhang, Mingchang; Franco, Marcello; Oliveira, Joao Bosco; Li, Ling; Fowler, David; Zhao, Ziqin; Cresswell, Nathaniel; Burke, Allen

    2012-04-01

    Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is a rare cardiomyopathy characterized by fibrofatty replacement primarily of the right ventricular myocardium. It is a major cause of sudden death in the young and in athletes. There are few autopsy studies of the ventricular distribution of the disease. Fifty cases of sudden cardiac death with fibrofatty replacement in either ventricle from a single medical examiner's office were studied. Distribution of disease as determined grossly and microscopically was correlated with activity at time of death, race, and presence of inflammation. Extent of disease was right ventricular in 6 cases (12%; age, 25 ± 5 years), biventricular in 25 (50%; age, 36 ± 3 years), and left ventricular in 19 (38%; age, 37 ± 3 years) (P = .13). Inflammation was present in 44% of biventricular arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy versus 74% of left ventricular arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and 83% of right ventricular arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (P = .06). Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, when presenting with sudden death, is usually biventricular. There is a trend that univentricular involvement occurs at an earlier age and that right ventricular involvement shows more inflammation, suggesting different stages of disease. PMID:21937076

  3. An autopsy case with malignant liver tumor caused by thorotrast

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    This paper reported the roentgenographic, laparoscopic and autopsy findings of a patient with thorotrast liver complicated with malignant liver tumor, which was considered to develop 35 years after the infusion of thorotrast. Laboratory findings of a 67-year-old man, who got a war wound before 35 years and received angiography by using thorotrast at that time, indicated marked symptoms of liver parenchymal disturbance, biliary occlusion and malignant liver tumor. X-ray examination revealed arborescent and reticular abnormal shadow in the liver and the spleen and spotted shadow at the liver hilus. Laparoscopic findings revealed reticulate grayish-yellow particles adhered to the recessus of the nodules in the surface of the liver. Liver biopsy showed deposition of thorotrast granules and necrosis and scar formation of the hepatic cells. Microautoradiography revealed ?-track from the region where thorotrast was deposited. Postmortem findings revealed thorotrast liver cirrhosis, primary liver tumor (reticulo-endothelial sarcoma), circular calcium deposit in the hepatic duct, the bile duct and the portal vein, and cholangitis, demonstrating delayed disturbance by thorotrast. (Kanao, N.)

  4. Autopsy rate in suicide is low among elderly in Denmark compared with Finland

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    Ylijoki-SØrensen, Seija; Boldsen, Jesper Lier

    2014-01-01

    National differences in the legislation on cause and manner of death investigation are reflected in a high autopsy rate in suicides in Finland and a low corresponding rate in Denmark. The consequences for mortality statistics of these different investigation practices on deaths classified as suicides in Denmark and Finland, respectively, are not known in detail. The aim of this article was to analyse autopsy rates in deaths classified as suicides, and to identify any differences in investigation practices in deaths with a comparable cause of death, but classified as unnatural deaths other than suicide. Data from the mortality registries were summarised for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010. Autopsy rates (total, forensic and medical) were analysed with regard to deaths classified as suicide, and they were compared for three age groups (1-50 years, 51-70 years and ?71 years) and for causes of death. Deaths classified as suicide were compared with other unnatural classifications, and comparable causes of death werecoded into six subgroups: poisonings, suffocations/strangulations, firearm discharges, drowning/submersions, explosions/flames and other/unspecified causes. The total autopsy rate for suicides was 99.8% in Finland and 13.2% in Denmark. Almost all of these autopsies were conducted as forensic autopsies. In the age group ?71 years, Danish suicides outnumbered Finnish suicides (410 versus 283). The total autopsy rate was lower in the more senior age group in Denmark (19.5%, 9.9%, 5.6%), whereas it was consistently high in Finland (99.8%, 99.9%, 99.6%). Among Danish deaths due to poisonings, the autopsy rate was 89.5% when these were classified as accidents, but only 20.7% for cases classified as suicides. The number of deaths in the two Danish subgroups was comparable (550 versus 553). In Denmark, the decision regarding the need, if any, for a forensic autopsy is made during the external forensic examination of the body. Our study showed that the limited use of forensic autopsy to confirm the cause of death in deaths classified as suicides raises doubts about the accuracy of the Danish suicide mortality statistics. Our finding is emphasised by those cases in which the cause of death was registered as intentional self-poisoning. The high number of suicides among the elderly in Denmark is striking and begs further investigation and research. Overall, our data from Finland and Denmark reveal striking differences between the two countries and warrant further comparative studies on the subject in other countries.

  5. Trauma cardíaco: estudo de necropsias Cardiac trauma: autopsy findings

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    Gustavo Pereira Fraga

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO OBJETIVO: Pacientes vítimas de trauma cardíaco morrem, na maioria das vezes, antes de receberem atendimento médico. Porém, são poucos os estudos epidemiológicos deste tipo de lesão descrevendo a porcentagem de pacientes que chegam a ser tratados. O objetivo do presente trabalho é avaliar as características das vítimas de trauma cardíaco através da interpretação de laudos de necropsia. MÉTODO: Foram revisados 1.976 casos de óbito por causas externas submetidos a necropsia no Instituto Médico Legal de Campinas, num período de dois anos. Os casos foram divididos em dois grupos: I, trauma penetrante; e II, trauma fechado. RESULTADOS: Houve predomínio dos traumas penetrantes (1.294 casos - 65,5%. Trauma cardíaco foi identificado em 359 laudos (18,2%, sendo 296 do grupo I e 63 do grupo II. No grupo I, 73,6% dos óbitos ocorreram no local do trauma e apenas 18 pacientes (6% foram atendidos em hospital e submetidos a toracotomia. No grupo II o tratamento cirúrgico foi indicado em dois dos 14 traumatizados (3,2% dos traumas fechados admitidos com presença de sinais vitais. A câmara cardíaca mais acometida no grupo I foi o ventrículo esquerdo (lesão isolada em 24,6% dos casos e no grupo II o ventrículo direito (25%. CONCLUSÕES: Conclui-se que as lesões cardíacas são eminentemente fatais e apenas 5,6% destes traumatizados que morreram chegaram a receber tratamento efetivo.ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: The vast majority of cardiac trauma victims die before receiving medical care. However, epidemiological studies are few about this injury, describing the patients whom treatment is provided. The objective of this study is to evaluate cardiac injuries victims' profile through the autopsy findings. METHODS: We have reviewed 1.976 external causes death cases, which were autopsied in the Campinas Medical Legal Institute, over a two-year period. The cases were assigned for two groups: I, penetrating trauma, and II, blunt trauma. RESULTS: Penetrating trauma was predominant (1.294 cases - 65.5%. Heart trauma was identified in 359 cases (18.2%, out of 296 in Group I and 63 in Group II. In Group I, 73.6% of the victims died at the scene and only 18 patients (6% were admitted at hospital and submitted to thoracotomy. In Group II, surgical care was offered for two out of 14 patients (3.2% of blunt trauma who were admitted with vital signs. The most affected heart chamber in Group I was the left ventricle (isolated injury in 24.6% and in Group II the was the right ventricle (25%. CONCLUSION: We conclude that heart injuries are eminently fatal and only 5.6% of this victims who died received effective medical care.

  6. Utility of desmin and a Masson's trichrome method to detect early acute myocardial infarction in autopsy tissues

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    Ouyang, Jie; Guzman, Miguel; Desoto-Lapaix, Fidelina; Pincus, Matthew R.; Wieczorek, Rosemary

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    Detection of early acute myocardial ischemia/infarction prior to neutrophilic infiltration in autopsy myocardium poses a diagnostic dilemma to the surgical pathologist. Morphological changes can be subtle or not identified at all on the hematoxylin and eosin stain. To evaluate the Masson's trichrome stain and immunohistochemical stains, desmin and myoglobin, in detecting acute myocardial ischemia/infarction in autopsy myocardium. We reviewed the autopsy files of the New York Harbor Healthcare...

  7. Coronary atherosclerosis in sudden cardiac death: An autopsy study

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    Sudha M

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The incidence of ischemic heart disease (IHD has markedly increased in India over the past few years. Considering the variations in racial, dietary and lifestyle patterns in our population, it is essential to study the biology of coronary atherosclerosis in our patients. Vulnerable plaques have a large number of foam cells, extracellular lipid, thin fibrous caps and clusters of inflammatory cells and are more prone to rupture. These plaques are nourished by the microvessels arising from the vasa vasorum of the blood vessels and by lumen-derived microvessels through the fibrous cap. This autopsy study was designed to analyse the coronary arterial tree in cases of sudden cardiac death, classify coronary atherosclerotic plaques and to assess the factors contributing to vulnerability of the plaques including inflammation, calcification and microvascular density. Materials and Methods: Seven cases of sudden cardiac death were included in the study. The hearts were perfusion-fixed and the coronary arteries along with their main branches were dissected and studied. The location of the plaques, type of plaques, presence of inflammation and calcification were assessed. The cap thickness and microvessel density per 1000um 2 were assessed. The statistical significance was estimated. Results and Conclusions: Extensive high-grade coronary atherosclerotic disease was seen in all sudden cardiac death cases. Majority of the plaques were vulnerable. High-grade inflammation was seen in most of the vulnerable and ruptured plaques. All the ruptured plaques were uncalcified indicating that calcification probably stabilizes the plaques and protects against rupture. Increased microvessel density was noted in ruptured plaques compared to vulnerable plaques. However, it was not statistically significant.

  8. Different fatal toxicity of neuroleptics identified by autopsy.

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    Schreinzer, D; Frey, R; Stimpfl, T; Vycudilik, W; Berzlanovich, A; Kasper, S

    2001-04-01

    Autopsies and toxicological analyses at the Institute of Forensic Medicine revealed 85 fatal intoxications with neuroleptics in Vienna from 1991 to 1997. A total of 17 cases were linked to a single neuroleptic (NL) alone, while 68 deaths were attributed to a combination of NLs with other drugs. The most frequently detected agent was prothipendyl (n=41). During the study period the number of defined daily doses of high-potency NLs prescribed increased significantly (Ptoxicities of different NLs were calculated by dividing the number of deaths caused by this NL into the number of defined daily doses prescribed in the observation period (f-value). Single-substance intoxications and multiple-substance intoxications were distinguished. The highest f-values were associated with low-potency NLs, especially with prothipendyl, chlorprothixene and levomepromazine. Low f-values were found for the group of high-potency NLs, including flupentixol, fluphenazine, haloperidol and pimozide, as well as olanzapine. Compared to the f-values for all NLs prescribed, f-values for low-potency NLs were shown to be significantly higher concerning single-substance intoxications (P< or = 0.05) and multiple-substance intoxications (P < or = 0.001), while f-values for high-potency NLs were significantly lower (P< or = 0.05 and P< or = 0.001). We are not aware of the psychiatric diagnoses in our post-mortem sample. However, the present results indicate that careless use of low-potent NLs should be avoided in patients with a potential risk of accidental or suicidal overdose. PMID:11313157

  9. Tissue microchimerism is increased during pregnancy: a human autopsy study.

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    Rijnink, Emilie C; Penning, Marlies E; Wolterbeek, Ron; Wilhelmus, Suzanne; Zandbergen, Malu; van Duinen, Sjoerd G; Schutte, Joke; Bruijn, Jan A; Bajema, Ingeborg M

    2015-11-01

    Microchimerism is the occurrence of small populations of cells with a different genetic background within an individual. Tissue microchimerism is considered to be primarily pregnancy-derived and is often studied relative to female-dominant autoimmune diseases, pregnancy complications, malignancies, response to injury, and transplantation outcomes. A particular distribution pattern of chimeric cells across various organs was recently described in a model of murine pregnancies. Our aim was to determine the frequency and distribution of tissue microchimerism across organs during and after pregnancy in humans. We performed in situ hybridization of the Y chromosome on paraffin-embedded autopsy samples of kidneys, livers, spleens, lungs, hearts and brains that were collected from 26 women who died while pregnant or within 1 month after delivery of a son. Frequencies of chimeric cells in various tissues were compared with those of a control group of non-pregnant women who had delivered sons. Tissue microchimerism occurred significantly more frequently in the lungs, spleens, livers, kidneys and hearts of pregnant women compared with non-pregnant women (all P kidney (135 Y+/10(6) nuclei), brain (85 Y+/10(6) nuclei) and heart (40 Y+/10(6) nuclei). Data from this unique study group of women who died while pregnant or shortly after delivery provide information about the number and physiologic distribution of chimeric cells in organs of pregnant women. We demonstrate that during pregnancy, a boost of chimeric cells is observed in women, with a distribution across organs, that parallels findings in mouse models. PMID:26307194

  10. The use of CT-scanning at the medicolegal external postmortem examination and at the forensic autopsy

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    Leth, Peter Mygind

    2006-01-01

    Introduction: Can CT-scanning of deceased at the medico legal external examination improve the selection of cases to autopsy? Is CT-scanning a substitute or a supplement to the traditional forensic autopsy? Material: In 2006 60 deceased individuals from Southern Denmark (counties of Fyn and Sønderjylland) (15 females and 45 males) were CT-scanned before autopsy. Method: A double-blind prospective investigation of CT-scanning in autopsy cases. A multislice spiral CT-scanner (Siemens Somatom Spirit) was used. Data from the CT-scanning and the autopsy were registered in a computer database and compared. Results: The scanning could be performed in 10 minutes per case. In approximately a third of the cases the cause of death could be established by CT-scanning alone. CT-scanning was found to be most useful in cases of traumatic death, and was superior to autopsy in visualizing fractures. Conclusions: CT-scanning is not a substitute for autopsy, but can be used at the medico legal external examination to evaluate in which cases an autopsy is needed. It can also be used as a supplement to the autopsy in cases of traumatic death, and is especially useful in evaluation of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents and in gunshot injuries, and for identification purposes.  

  11. The value of postmortem computed tomography as an alternative for autopsy in trauma victims: a systematic review

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    The aim of this study was to assess the role of postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) as an alternative for autopsy in determining the cause of death and the identification of specific injuries in trauma victims. A systematic review was performed by searching the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases. Articles were eligible if they reported both PMCT as well as autopsy findings and included more than one trauma victim. Two reviewers independently assessed the eligibility and quality of the articles. The outcomes were described in terms of the percentage agreement on causes of death and amount of injuries detected. The data extraction and analysis were performed together. Fifteen studies were included describing 244 victims. The median sample size was 13 (range 5-52). The percentage agreement on the cause of death between PMCT and autopsy varied between 46 and 100%. The overall amount of injuries detected on CT ranged from 53 to 100% compared with autopsy. Several studies suggested that PMCT was capable of identifying injuries not detected during normal autopsy. This systematic review provides inconsistent evidence as to whether PMCT is a reliable alternative for autopsy in trauma victims. PMCT has promising features in postmortem examination suggesting PMCT is a good alternative for a refused autopsy or a good adjunct to autopsy because it detects extra injuries overseen during autopsies. To examine the value of PMCT in trauma victims there is a need for well-designed and larger prospective studies. (orig.)

  12. Radiography after unexpected death in infants and children compared to autopsy

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    Postmortem radiography may reveal skeletal and soft-tissue abnormalities of importance for the diagnosis of cause of death. To review the radiographs of children under 3 years of age who had died suddenly and unexpectedly. To compare the radiological and autopsy findings evaluating possible differences in children dying of SIDS and of an explainable cause. A total of 110 consecutive skeletal surveys performed between 1998 and 2002 were reviewed. All but one were performed before autopsy and comprised AP views of the appendicular and axial skeleton and thorax/abdomen, lateral views of the axial skeleton and thorax, and two oblique views of the ribs. Radiography and autopsy findings were compared. Causes of death were classified as SIDS/borderline SIDS (n = 52) and non-SIDS (n = 58), with one case of abuse. In 102 infants there were 150 pathological findings, 88 involving the chest, 24 skeletal, and 38 miscellaneous findings. The radiological-pathological agreement was poor concerning pulmonary findings. Skeletal findings were sometimes important for the final diagnosis. Radiography revealed many skeletal and soft-tissue findings. Pulmonary pathology was most frequently found, but showed poor agreement with autopsy findings. Recognizing skeletal findings related to abuse is important, as these may escape recognition at autopsy. (orig.)

  13. Comparison of death certificate and autopsy diagnoses - Hiroshima. [Cause of death

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    Stone, R.S.; Anderson, P.S. Jr.

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    In this report evaluation of the death certificates has been on the basis of comparison with recorded autopsy diagnoses without review of the latter. An attempt has been made to evaluate limitations inherent in this method. The cases analyzed here represent the ABCC Hiroshima autopsy series from 1949 through 1959. Post mortem examinations on stillbirths and neonatal deaths that were collected during the years 1948 through 1953 were excluded from consideration because such cases are not pertinent to the general problems under study. With this limitation 1304 cases were available for matching. In 139 of these cases the death certificates were not available through the mechanisms of the overall study, so 1165 cases remained. Before comparisons are made the most important questions that must be answered about the materials and methods of the present investigation are: (1) is the autopsy-death certificate series a representative sample of all deaths in the population; (2) are the autopsy diagnoses correct; (3) are the death certificates properly understood and coded; and (4) are biologically meaningful groupings chosen for comparison between autopsy cause of death and death certificate cause of death. Because it is not possible to provide exact answers to all of these questions the doubt that they raise must be admitted but evaluated in the perspective of that part of the answer which is known.

  14. Evaluating the Cause of Death in Obese Individuals: A Ten-Year Medical Autopsy Study

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    Saab, Jad; Salvatore, Steven P.

    2015-01-01

    Background. Obesity is a growing public health problem associated with increased morbidity and rate of death. Postmortem examination is imperative to determine the cause of death, to detect clinically unsuspected disease entities, and consequently to determine the actual impact of obesity on patient mortality. Methods. A total of 849 adult autopsies were retrospectively reviewed. Obese (BMI ? 30?kg/m2) and nonobese patients were separately studied. The primary cause of death in each group was categorized into malignancy, infection, stroke, ischemic and nonischemic heart disease, pulmonary embolism, hemorrhage, and primary nonneoplastic diseases of different organ systems. Results. Of 849 autopsies, 32.3% were obese. The leading causes of death in the obese population were malignancy (31.4%), infection (25.9%), ischemic heart disease (12.8%), and pulmonary embolism (6.2%). Obese individuals were statistically more likely to die from pulmonary embolism and liver disease and less likely to die from neurologic diseases and nonischemic heart disease. Conclusion. Autopsies on obese individuals constitute a third of all adult medical autopsies in our center. Increased death rates in the obese due to pulmonary embolism and liver disease should receive special clinical attention. Autopsy findings in the obese population should contribute to overall premortem disease detection, prevention, and management. PMID:25653872

  15. [Soft tissue-cutting law, i.e. the career concept of an autopsy assistant].

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    Kormos, Timea; Csatai, Tamás; Jäckel, Márta

    2015-03-01

    Practical experience shows that the autopsy assistant society is fairly divided. There are some people who would have needed a thorough basic training, and there are those who - due to their diligence and the close cooperation with physician colleagues - would deserve an opportunity for further progress due to their extensive knowlegde. As regards the autopsy assistant profession the training, and the training system as well has changed significantly, and it requires further changes. Examining the issue in a wide spectrum, the aim of the authors is, as much as possible, to promote the formation of an "Autopsy assistant career," in which they want to create a predictable way for the members of the profession from the phase of becoming a student (competency, training, exams, vocational training, single note) to obtaining the master's degree. The authors would like to provide a summary about their experience and plans regarding this issue. PMID:25726768

  16. Sudden unexplained death in childhood. An audit of the quality of Autopsy reporting

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    Treacy, A

    2013-03-01

    Cases of sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) in Ireland in children aged >1year and <5 years were examined in order to assess the quality of autopsy reporting. All SUDC cases are notified to and documented by the National Sudden Infant Death Register (NSIDR) in Ireland along with all cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) referring to sudden infant deaths less than one year of age. The database of the NSIDR in Ireland was interrogated and cases of SIDS and SUDC were compared over a fifteen-year period (1995-2009). SIDS cases whose autopsies were conducted in the same hospital in the same year as the index SUDC case were used for comparison. The autopsy report for each case was examined and modified Rushton(MR) scores 1\\r\

  17. Inventory of ABCC-RERF autopsies Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1948-1980

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    This is the fourth inventory of ABCC-RERF autopsies which covers those performed from 1948-80 (the other three inventories). For general information the introduction of the third inventory (1948-70) is included with some modification, and deaths and autopsy rates for 1971-80 are added. ABCC-RERF performed 10,096 autopsies (6,555 in Hiroshima and 3,541 in Nagasaki) from 1948 to 1980. Protocols, tissues, sections, smears, etc., assembled by the collaborating institutions were examined by members of the ABCC Department of Pathology who completed ABCC records for each case. Copies of all protocols, gross tissues, and histological sections were placed in a designated repository in the Medical School of each city where they are available to all qualified and interested investigators. (J.P.N.)

  18. Verbal autopsy of 80,000 adult deaths in Tamilnadu, South India

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    Peto Richard

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Registration of the fact of death is almost complete in the city of Chennai and not so in the rural Villupuram district in Tamilnadu, India. The cause of death is often inadequately recorded on the death certificate in developing countries like India. A special verbal autopsy (VA study of 48 000 adult (aged ? 25 yrs deaths in the city of Chennai (urban during 1995–97 and 32 000 in rural Villupuram during 1997–98 was conducted to arrive at the probable underlying cause of death to estimate cause specific mortality. Methods A ten day training on writing verbal autopsy (VA report for adult deaths was given to non-medical graduates with at least 15 years of formal education. They interviewed surviving spouse/close associates of the deceased to write a verbal autopsy report in local language (Tamil on the complaints, symptoms, signs, duration and treatment details of illness prior to death. Each report was reviewed centrally by two physicians independently. Random re-interviewing of 5% of the VA reports was done to check the reliability and reproducibility of the VA report. The validity of VA diagnosis was assessed only for cancer deaths. Results Verbal autopsy reduced the proportion of deaths attributed to unspecified and unknown causes from 54% to 23% (p Conclusion A ten day training programme to write verbal autopsy report with adequate feed back sessions and random sampling of 5% of the verbal autopsy reports for re-interview worked very well in Tamilnadu, to arrive at the probable underlying cause of death reliably for deaths in early adult life or middle age (25–69 years and less reliably for older ages (70+. Thus VA is practicable for deaths in early adult life or middle age and is of more limited value in old age.

  19. Confirmation of in vivo uranium-in-chest survey by analysis of autopsy specimens

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    The results of radiochemical analyses of samples of lung, mediastinum, kidney, liver, sternum, rib and vertebrae taken at autopsy of a man who had worked for 22 months with UO2 powder and who subsequently died suddenly from a coronary thrombosis are here compared with the results of a routine in vivo uranium-in-chest count carried out on the same worker only three months before death and after which he carried out no work involving UO2. Methods of Whole Body Counting and radiochemical analysis employed are described. It is concluded that the results from organs taken at autopsy broadly confirm the in vivo chest survey result. (U.K.)

  20. Post-Mortem Echocardiography as a Guide to Cardiac Autopsy—A Worthwhile Concept?

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    J Ker; Du Toit-Prinsloo, L.; WFP. Van Heerden; G. Saayman

    2010-01-01

    Sudden and unexpected death in the young is a common and worldwide problem. Sudden, unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), clinically unexpected death in an infant between one week and one year of age, affects around 1 in 1000 infants. Autopsy will reveal a specific cause of death in only one third of cases. This has led to various ancillary examinations in an effort to increase the diagnostic yield of the autopsy. In this case report it is suggested that another diagnostic modality, that of the...

  1. Post-mortem echocardiography as a guide to cardiac autopsy : a worthwhile concept?

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    Ker, James; Du Toit-Prinsloo, L.; W.F.P. van Heerden; G. Saayman

    2010-01-01

    Sudden and unexpected death in the young is a common and worldwide problem. Sudden, unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), clinically unexpected death in an infant between one week and one year of age, affects around 1 in 1000 infants. Autopsy will reveal a specific cause of death in only one third of cases. This has led to various ancillary examinations in an effort to increase the diagnostic yield of the autopsy. In this case report it is suggested that another diagnostic modality, that of the...

  2. An Autopsy Case of a Pregnant Woman With Severe Placental and Fetal Damage From Domestic Violence.

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    Kanawaku, Yoshimasa; Takahashi, Shirushi; Kanetake, Jun; Funayama, Masato

    2015-09-01

    We present an autopsy case of a pregnant woman who was a victim of domestic violence. The deceased showed injuries mainly to her head and abdomen. Postmortem examination revealed 1400 mL of abdominal hemorrhage, ablation of the perimetrium, placental avulsion, and intracranial hematoma. The cause of death was diagnosed as hemorrhagic shock. The uterus contained a fetus of 7 months' gestational age. Fetal autopsy revealed laceration of the lungs, laceration and avulsion of the liver, and 15 mL of hemoperitoneum. Both placental and fetal injuries suggested repeated severe attacks to the abdomen, such as those expected to result from kicking or hitting. PMID:25946087

  3. The lumbosacral ligament. An autopsy study of young black and white people.

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    Hanson, P; Sørensen, Henrik

    2008-01-01

    The lumbosacral ligament (LSL), situated between the L5-vertebra and the sacrum, was studied in autopsy material. Twenty-eight cadaveric specimens from 12 black and 16 white persons aged 17-30 years were studied during routine forensic autopsies. The ligaments were measured and determined in situ. Thereafter, the ligaments were removed for histologic preparation. The ligament in the black subjects was thicker compared with the white (7.5 +/- 1.4 vs. 5.7 +/- 1.2 mm), and wider (11.7 +/- 1.6 mm...

  4. Completed Suicide among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka: A Psychological Autopsy Study

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    Samaraweera, Sudath; Sumathipala, Athula; Siribaddana, Sisira; Sivayogan, S.; Bhugra, Dinesh

    2008-01-01

    Sri Lanka has the one of highest rates of suicide. Important factors associated with suicide were determined via the psychological autopsy approach (which had not been carried out previously in Sri Lanka). Over a 3-month period, in a catchment area, 31 suicides among Sinhalese were identified and 27 were investigated. Males were more likely to…

  5. Anaerobiospirillum succiniciproducens sepsis in an autopsy patient: A troublesome diagnostic workup

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anaerobiospirillum succiniciproducens is an uncommon yet potentially lethal gram-negative bacterium typically affecting patients with comorbidities. We report a case of A. succiniciproducens infection in an autopsy patient who had hepatitis C and type 2 diabetes and describe the difficulties in the laboratory identification of this pathogen.

  6. What Killed This Bank? Financial Autopsy as an Experiential Learning Tool

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    Hays, Fred H.; DeLurgio, Stephen A.

    2010-01-01

    Finance students today live in the midst of an enormous financial crisis. Institutions both large and small are failing or being rescued through government intervention. This environment presents a host of learning opportunities for instructors as well as students. This paper discusses financial autopsies as a form of experiential learning…

  7. The Missing Piece: A Sociological Autopsy of Firearm Suicide in the United States

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    Slater, Greta Yoder

    2011-01-01

    Social, economic, violence, political, and gun access predictors of suicide and gun suicide were examined via sociological autopsy. The model predicting suicide rates overall had the best results, X[superscript 2](9, N = 50) = 5.279 (CMIN, the goodness of fit statistic that represents the minimum discrepancy between the unrestricted sample…

  8. Psychosocial and Psychiatric Factors Associated with Adolescent Suicide: A Case-Control Psychological Autopsy Study

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    Portzky, Gwendolyn; Audenaert, Kurt; van Heeringen, Kees

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed at the investigation of psychosocial and psychiatric risk factors of adolescent suicide by means of a case-control psychological autopsy study. Relatives and other informants of 19 suicide victims and 19 matched psychiatric controls were interviewed by means of a semi-structured interview schedule. Psychiatric controls included…

  9. Correlation of diagnostic imaging and autopsy findings of eight patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome

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    Objective: To investigate the imaging findings with pathologic correlation in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Methods: Imaging findings, autopsy and pathological data were retrospectively analyzed in eight patients with AIDS. Routine CT scanning of different body parts was performed during their hospitalization. CT scanning was performed from the skull to the pelvis immediately following their death. After routine formalin fixing, 7 cadavers were cross sectioned for autopsy in freezing state and 1 for gross autopsy. Tissues were obtained from each sections and organs for pathological examinations. Results: The autopsy data showed parasitic infections (5 cases), bacterial infections (3 cases), fungal infections (2 cases), virus infections (2 cases), lymphoma (1 case) and cerebrovascular diseases (1 case)in eight patients with AIDS. The CT scanning demonstrated symmetrical ground glass liked shadows with pulmonary hilus as the center in 5 cases of pulmonary PCP infection; pulmonary patchy shadows, scattering distribution of nodular shadows, extensive military nodular shadows with even distribution and tuberculous pleurisy; cloudy shadows for 2 cases of fungi infection with multiple foci of chronic inflammation; pulmonary net-like parenchymal changes for 2 cases of pulmonary CMV infection; thickened intestinal wall and narrowed intestinal lumen for 1 case of intestinal tumor; low density shadows of brain tissue for 1 case of CMV encephalitis and MRI findings of high T1 and high T2 signals as well as MRA findings of broken vascular channels in liquefied areas of brain tissues; patchy low density areas inside a cyst of brain for one case of brain toxoplasmosis infection; multiple small patchy low density areas in cerebral basal ganglia for one case of brain cryptococcus infection. Conclusions: In AIDS patients, infection and tumor may occur in various organs resulting in complex symptoms, which makes it more complicated and difficult to make accurate diagnosis. A correlative study of imaging findings and pathological manifestation of AIDS patients at autopsy could be helpful for clinical diagnosis. (authors)

  10. ¿Es útil realmente realizar autopsias? Is it really useful to perform autopsies?

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    José Hurtado de Mendoza Amat

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Motivados por la necesidad de exponer nuevas experiencias en el trabajo con las autopsias, luego de escribir el libro "La autopsia. Garantía de calidad en la Medicina" y concluir la investigación "Evaluación de la calidad de los diagnósticos premortem en autopsias realizadas en Cuba entre 1994 y 2003", se presenta este trabajo con el propósito de que pueda ser útil a los interesados en el tema y acercarse al objetivo final: lograr el máximo aprovechamiento de la autopsia. Se expone la situación de la autopsia en el mundo y en Cuba. Se enfatiza en los logros alcanzados en el país, donde se incluyen los hospitales militares, las dificultades atravesadas y se señala el camino a seguir para disminuir la morbilidad y mortalidad, y lograr el objetivo mayor: aumentar en cantidad y calidad la vida de la población.Motivated by the need to expose new experiences in the work with autopsies, alter writing the book "Autopsy. Guarantee of quality in Medicine" and after concluding the investigation "Evaluation of the quality of the premortem diagnoses in autopsies performed in Cuba between 1994 and 2003", this paper was presented aimed at being useful for those interested in the topic and at approaching the final aim: to take the maximum advantage of autopsy. It was exposed the situation of autopsy in the world and in Cuba. Emphasis was made on the advances attained in the country, including the military hospitals, the difficulties found, and the way to reduce morbidity and mortality and to achieve the major goal: to increase in quantity and quality the life of the population.

  11. Undetected patricide: Inaccuracy of cause of death determination without an autopsy.

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    Campobasso, Carlo P; Laviola, Domenica; Grattagliano, Ignazio; Strada, Luigi; Dell'Erba, Alessandro S

    2015-08-01

    Patricide (killing the father) is uncommon form of homicide. Usually the assaults occur at home in the absence of witnesses and adult sons are frequently involved. Homicides in a domestic context usually do not tend to recurrence, because the motivation for the crime ends with the death of the parent. However, this is not what was observed in the present case study dealing with the death of a 70 years old white man originally misclassified as accident and discovered three years later only after an additional homicide in a family context of a 60 years old white lady. Multiple stab wounds to the neck and thorax were misinterpreted at the external male body examination as blunt trauma falling down stairs. No forensic autopsy was requested and no comparison of medical findings with the results from the death scene, such as a bloodstain analysis was performed by the police officers nor required by the judicial authority. This was quite surprising because an additional but preliminary post-mortem external examination performed by a general practitioner on the male body already raised the suspicion that the external lesions were stab wounds thus requiring a forensic autopsy. Only the exhumation of the elderly body, performed years later, confirmed the diagnostic hypothesis raised by the first physician. The present case is quite representative of a death investigation not run professionally and performed by individuals with no specific training where most of the medico-legal investigations (especially for traumatic and violent deaths) are restricted to an external body examination without subsequent autopsy. Although misinterpretation of external lesions is inevitable and significant discrepancies between external body examination and forensic autopsy are not rare, in the case of contradictory results of post-mortem external examination or unclear/suspicious cause and manner of death, investigation should proceed necessarily with a forensic autopsy. PMID:26165662

  12. Let's talk about death: data collection for verbal autopsies in a demographic and health surveillance site in Malaysia

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    Pascale A. Allotey

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Verbal autopsies have gained considerable ground as an acceptable alternative to medically determined cause of death. Unlike with clinical or more administrative settings for data collection, verbal autopsies require significant involvement of families and communities, which introduces important social and cultural considerations. However, there is very little clear guidance about the methodological issues in data collection. The objectives of this case study were: to explore the range of bereavement rituals within the multi-ethnic, multi-faith population of the district; to investigate the preparedness of communities to talk about death; to describe the verbal autopsy process; to assess the effects of collecting verbal autopsy data on data collectors; and to determine the most accurate sources of information about deaths in the community. Methods: A case study approach was used, using focus group discussions, indepth interviews and field notes. Thematic analyses were undertaken using NVivo. Results: Consideration of cultural bereavement practices is importance to acceptance and response rates to verbal autopsies. They are also important to the timing of verbal autopsy interviews. Well trained data collectors, regardless of health qualifications are able to collect good quality data, but debriefing is important to their health and well being. This article contributes to guidance on the data collection procedures for verbal autopsies within community settings.

  13. Post-mortem imaging as an alternative to autopsy in the diagnosis of adult deaths: A validation study

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    Roberts, ISD; Benamore, RE; Benbow, EW; Lee, SH; Harris, JN; Jackson, A; Mallett, S; Patankar, T; C. Peebles; Roobottom, C; Traill, ZC

    2012-01-01

    Background: Public objection to autopsy has led to a search for minimally invasive alternatives. Imaging has potential, but its accuracy is unknown. We aimed to identify the accuracy of post-mortem CT and MRI compared with full autopsy in a large series of adult deaths. Methods: This study was undertaken at two UK centres in Manchester and Oxford between April, 2006, and November, 2008. We used whole-body CT and MRI followed by full autopsy to investigate a series of adult deaths that were re...

  14. Post-mortem imaging as an alternative to autopsy in the diagnosis of adult deaths: a validation study.

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    Roberts, IS; Benamore, RE; Benbow, EW; Lee, SH; Harris, JN; Jackson, A; Mallett, S; Patankar, T; C. Peebles; Roobottom, C; Traill, ZC

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    BACKGROUND: Public objection to autopsy has led to a search for minimally invasive alternatives. Imaging has potential, but its accuracy is unknown. We aimed to identify the accuracy of post-mortem CT and MRI compared with full autopsy in a large series of adult deaths. METHODS: This study was undertaken at two UK centres in Manchester and Oxford between April, 2006, and November, 2008. We used whole-body CT and MRI followed by full autopsy to investigate a series of adult deaths that were re...

  15. Relation of radiation to gastric carcinoma observed in autopsy cases in a fixed population, Hiroshima and nagasaki 1961 - 74

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    A study was made of the relation to atomic bomb radiation of 535 cases of gastric carcinoma among 4,694 deaths occurring in a fixed population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who were autopsied between 1961 and 1974. The proportion of all autopsies with gastric carcinoma as autopsy diagnosis tended to be high in the high dose group, but it could not be concluded with the present amount of information that there is a relation between gastric carcinoma and radiation in this autopsy study. Although no specific distribution of the histological types of gastric carcinoma was noted by radiation dose, the data indicated increases in the degree of extension of tumor cells in the gastric wall and the degree of metastasis to the lymph nodes seemed to be high in the high dose group. (author)

  16. CASE REPORT: Papillary Adenoma of Kidney- An Incidental Autopsy Finding: Report of Two Cases

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    Bhakti D. Deshmukh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Renal papillary adenoma is usually an incidental finding at autopsy with an incidence of 7% to 23%. The frequency of small papillary tumours of kidney increases with age to approximately 40% of the population over the age of 65. These tumours occur morefrequently in scarred kidneys, acquired renal cystic disease and in children with von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. Case history: In this report we describe renal papillary adenoma incidentally detected during autopsies of two elderly males. Gross examination of kidneyshowed two tiny subcapsular yellowish nodules in one case and single nodule with similar morphology in the other. Microscopic examination in both the cases showed a well circumscribed tumour composed of densely packed tubules and papillae lined by small cuboidal to columnar cells with rounded uniform nuclei. However there was no nuclear atypia, mitosis or necrosis.

  17. Amoebic cases at autopsy and factors that might have contributed to death at Ibadan.

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    Olubuyide, I O

    1990-09-01

    Twenty-one cases of amoebiasis seen at autopsy at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, over a 10-year period are reviewed. They constituted 0.59 percent of 3,556 autopsies performed during this period. Delay in seeking medical advice and in diagnosis and commencement of appropriate therapy were some of the factors contributing to the mortality in 16 (76pc) cases. Furthermore, Chronic renal failure, Cirrhosis, Lymphoma, Pregnancy and Sickle cell disease were also contributory factors to mortality in 7 (33pc) cases. With the progressive deterioration of the economics of Nigeria, urban migration and the increasing size of urban slums with crowded unhygienic conditions, the spread of this infection may accelerate and so result in greater mortality in the future. PMID:2285932

  18. The First Survey of Forensically Important Entomofauna Collected from Medicolegal Autopsies in South Korea

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    Shin, Sang Eon; Lee, Hyun Ju; Park, Ji Hye; Ko, Kwang Soo; Kim, Yu-Hoon; Kim, Kyung Ryoul; Park, Seong Hwan

    2015-01-01

    Forensic entomology applies insect evidence to legal problems such as the estimation of minimum postmortem interval (mPMI). For this purpose, knowledge of the insect fauna that are attracted to human cadavers in each geographic region is a prerequisite. Despite many studies investigating the insect fauna attracted to meat, there has been no survey of the entomofauna on human cadavers in the East Asian temperate climate zone, particularly in Korea. Therefore, this study reports the entomofauna collected from medicolegal autopsies in northeastern Seoul and its suburbs. Insect samples were collected from 35 medicolegal autopsies in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Molecular and morphological methods were utilized for taxonomic identification. Among 1398 individual samples belonging to 3 orders, 13 families, 18 genera, and 32 species, the dominant family and species were Calliphoridae and Lucilia sericata, respectively. Despite its limited scale, this study provides a snapshot of the general entomofauna that are attracted to human cadavers in this region. PMID:26185759

  19. Autopsy confirmation of severe pulmonary interstitial fibrosis secondary to Munchausen syndrome presenting as cystic fibrosis.

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    Croft, Philip R; Racz, Mark I; Bloch, John D; Palmer, Charles H

    2005-09-01

    Chronic factitious disorder with physical symptoms, or Munchausen syndrome, is a well-recognized but uncommonly diagnosed psychiatric condition characterized by the deliberate production of signs and symptoms of disease in order to receive medical attention. Clinical suspicion of this disease is rarely confirmed by autopsy, as the patients usually do not die as a consequence of feigning illness. Here we report the autopsy confirmation of a case of a suspected Munchausen syndrome patient who presented with a history of cystic fibrosis. Examination of the lungs demonstrated extensive severe interstitial fibrosis, and polariscopic examination revealed a large quantity of crystalline material throughout the tissue; X-ray diffraction identified the material as talc. Synopses of published cases of Munchausen syndrome presenting as cystic fibrosis, and cases of Munchausen syndrome with pulmonary talcosis are presented as part of the discussion. PMID:16225229

  20. Pseudoaneurysm originating from left ventricle aneurysm: an autopsy case and review of literature.

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    Dogan, Kamil Hakan; Demirci, Serafettin; Tavli, Lema; Buken, Bora

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    Rupture of the free wall of the left ventricle is a catastrophic complication of acute myocardial infarction. Rarely, free wall rupture is contained by overlying adherent pericardium, producing a pseudoaneurysm of the left ventricle. In this report, a case of a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm due to a previous myocardial infarction is described. A 55-year-old woman had a severe chest pain 11 months prior to death. No cardiac investigation was performed. Three days prior to death, she suffered from fatigue and weakness, and had a witnessed sudden cardiac death. At autopsy, a 8.5 × 10 × 8 cm pseudoaneurysm of the left ventricle was found. There was severe coronary artery atherosclerosis. There were extensive adhesions between pericardium and pseudoaneurysm wall. The cause of death was attributed to heart failure and resulting arrhythmia. The case illustrates the rare event of left ventricular pseudoaneurysm first diagnosed at forensic autopsy. PMID:24237794

  1. Evaluating the InterVA model for determining AIDS mortality from verbal autopsies in the adult population of Addis Ababa.

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    Tensou, B; Araya, T; Telake, DS; Byass, P; Berhane, Y; Kebebew, T; Sanders, EJ; Reniers, G

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    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a verbal autopsy (VA) expert algorithm (the InterVA model) for diagnosing AIDS mortality against a reference standard from hospital records that include HIV serostatus information in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. METHODS: Verbal autopsies were conducted for 193 individuals who visited a hospital under surveillance during terminal illness. Decedent admission diagnosis and HIV serostatus information are used to construct two reference standards (AIDS vs. other...

  2. Clinical manifestations and pulmonary histopathological analysis related to different diseases in patients with fatal pulmonary thromboembolism: an autopsy study

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    Ruppert ADP; Soeiro AM; Almeida MCF; Oliveira Jr MT; Serrano Jr CV; VL Capelozzi

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    Aline Domingos Pinto Ruppert,1 Alexandre de Matos Soeiro,2 Maria Carolina Feres de Almeida,2 Múcio Tavares de Oliveira Jr,2 Carlos V Serrano Jr,2 Vera Luiza Capelozzi1 1Department of Pathology, 2Heart Institute, University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil Background: To correlate underlying diseases, in autopsies of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) to histological findings and manifestations reviewed in the medical records. Methods: The autopsy...

  3. The importance of microbiological testing for establishing cause of death in 42 forensic autopsies

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    Christoffersen, Søren

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms have always been one of the great challenges of humankind, being responsible for both high morbidity and mortality throughout history. In a forensic setting microbiological information will always be difficult to interpret due to lack of antemortem information and changes in flora postmortem. With this study we aim to review the use of microbiological procedures at our forensic institute. In a retrospective study including 42 autopsies performed at our Institute, where microbiolog...

  4. Effect of misclassification of causes of death in verbal autopsy: can it be adjusted?

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    Chandramohan, D; Setel, P.; Quigley, M

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Verbal autopsy (VA) is an indirect method of ascertaining cause of death from information about symptoms and signs obtained from bereaved relatives. This method has been used in several settings to assess cause-specific mortality. However, cause-specific mortality estimates obtained by VA are susceptible to bias due to misclassification of causes of death. One way of overcoming this limitation of VA is to adjust the crude VA estimate of cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMF) us...

  5. Psychological Autopsy and Necropsy of an Unusual Case of Suicide by Intravenous Toluene

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    Kulkarni, Ranganath R.; Hemanth Kumar, RG; Kulkarni, Pratibha R.; Kotabagi, Raghavendra B.

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    Toluene (methylbenzene; volatile hydrocarbon) is an industrial solvent that causes major injury to the lungs; the organ being the first capillary bed encountered. We report an unusual case of suicide by a 24-year-old male, paramedical professional, with fatal outcome within 16 h of intentional, intravenous self-administration of toluene, with clinical presentation of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Psychological autopsy revealed severe depressive disorder and solvent (inhalant) abuse, wi...

  6. A STUDY OF LUNG PATHOLOGY IN PEDIATRICS AUTOPSIES: AN 8 YEAR STUDY

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pneumonia remains the number one killer of children, taking the lives of 1.3 million in 2011 alone. More than 99% of all pneumonia deaths occur in developing countries. The majority of pneumonia cases are preventable and treatable, but clinical diagnosis is highly fallible in many cases and the frequency of morbid state is best assessed by post-mortem examination that may reveal diagnosis which may not be suspected clinically or may, in some way, discredit. AIMS: 1. To ascertain various pulmonary lesions in paediatric deaths. 2. To find incidence of pulmonary lesions. 3. To study the incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis, 4. To find incidence of pulmonary pathology directly and indirectly contributing to the death. SETTINGS: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. METHODS AND MATERIAL: In this study pediatric age group of (0-15 years admitted in IPCU,NICU and Pediatric, Medicine and Surgery unit are included from the period of 2006-2013. The lung pathology in various diseases entities were studied and co-related with age, sex and clinical history. RESULTS: Of total 3606 autopsies, 642 were pediatric autopsies i.e. 17.8% of all autopsies, and 111 were neonatal autopsies. Of 642, 531(82.7% had primary lung pathology and 157(24.4% had secondary lung pathology. The common age group affected is < 5 years. Bronchopneumonia was the commonest pathology observed as primary lung pathology. Interstitial/viral pneumonia was 2nd most common of primary lung pathology Infective pathology was the most common lesions, of which bronchopneumonia was the most common pathology observed and tuberculosis contributed to 3%of primary lung pathologies. CONCLUSION: The most common lung lesion in pediatric age is infections, which are preventable and curative with appropriate measures. This study will help to improve mother child health services

  7. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in a patient with very early pregnancy: clinical presentation and autopsy findings.

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    Sharma, Aman; Radotra, Bishan; Wanchu, Ajay; Malhotra, Pankaj; Singh, Surjit; Varma, Subhash

    2008-10-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a thrombotic microangiopathy leading to microvascular occlusion resulting in ischemic dysfunction of various organs. Pregnancy has been thought to precipitate it during second and third trimester, but its reports in first trimester are extremely rare. We report the clinical protocol of a young lady with 5-week period of gestation, who presented with fever, seizures and altered sensorium, and succumbed to her illness during an episode of seizure. Complete autopsy findings are also presented in detail. PMID:18832919

  8. Plasma homocysteine, Alzheimer and cerebrovascular pathology: a population-based autopsy study

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    Hooshmand, Babak; Polvikoski, Tuomo; Kivipelto, Miia; Tanskanen, Maarit; Myllykangas, Liisa; Erkinjuntti, Timo; Mäkelä, Mira; Oinas, Minna; Paetau, Anders; Scheltens, Philip; van Straaten, Elizabeth C W; Sulkava, Raimo; Solomon, Alina

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    Elevated plasma total homocysteine is associated with increased risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, but underlying pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully understood. This study investigated possible links between baseline homocysteine, and post-mortem neuropathological and magnetic resonance imaging findings up to 10 years later in the Vantaa 85+ population including people aged ?85 years. Two hundred and sixty-five individuals had homocysteine and autopsy data, of which 103 had post-m...

  9. Death due to sickle cell anaemia, an autopsy diagnosis: a study at a tertiary care hospital

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    Hemali J. Tailor

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    Full Text Available Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD is the generic term for the group of inherited haemoglobinopathies caused by the occurrence of Haemoglobin S (HbS in the homozygous or heterozygous form in combination of Hbs with another abnormal haemoglobin such as HbSC or beta-thalassaemias (HbS-thal. Sickle cell syndromes are remarkable for their clinical heterogeneity, including their presentations as sudden and unexpected deaths due to a sickle cell crisis. Less numbers of deaths are reported due to this cause because of ignorance of autopsy surgeon in considering this disease as a cause of death despite of its high prevalence. While doing autopsy in cases of deaths with no apparent cause and physical over activity medical officer must keep in mind the possibility of death due to vaso-occlusive crisis in sickle cell disease. Methods: The study covers a period of one year (January 2013 - December 2013 and it is a study of cases of autopsy carried out in a tertiary care hospital of South Gujarat. Results: A total of 607 cases examined, out of which sickled red blood cells were detected in 17 cases. The respective records were reviewed. Out of 17 cases, 13 cases were male and 4 cases were females. The youngest person was 15 years female and oldest was 70 years male. Conclusion: Sickle cell crisis is one of the causes of sudden unexplained deaths. The present study highlights the role of autopsy in such cases. Community awareness and marriage counseling programs are also helpful in preventing sickle cell disease. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(4.000: 944-947

  10. Association of pulmonary histopathological findings with toxicological findings in forensic autopsies of illicit drug users

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    Todorovi? Miloš S.

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Drug abuse remains a significant social problem in many countries. The aim of the study was to estimate association between pulmonary histopathological changes and results of toxicological analyses in forensic autopsies of illicit drug users. Methods. This investigation was performed in the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Belgrade, and in the Clinical Center, Department of Forensic Medicine, Kragujevac, from 2000 to 2004, and included 63 medicolegal autopsies of heroin or other drug consumers who suddenly died. Autopsies, postmortem toxicological examination of drugs and serological analyses of anti- HIV/HBV/HCV antibodies were performed. Results. The deceased persons were mostly male, 46/63 (73.01%, ranged in age from 19 to 49 years (mean 31 years and all were whites. Postmortem toxicological examination was performed on all of the deceased persons and drugs in the fatal range were identified in only eight of them (12.7%, in the toxic range in ten (15.87%, and in minimal concentrations in 35 (55.56% of the deceased persons. Drugs identified in the fatal, toxic or minimal range included heroin-morphine (38/53, cocaine (4/53, tramadol (3/53, and lorazepam (1/53. In the 7 remaining subjects, ethanol in combination with heroin was found in 4 cases, and diazepam in combination with heroin in 3 cases. Dominant pathomorphological changes were findings in the lung tissue. Most common histological changes observed in drug users were pulmonary edema - 55/63 (87.3%, acute alveolar hemorrhages - 49/63 (77.78%, hemosiderin-laden macrophages (siderophages - 52/63 (82,54%, and emphysematous changes - 51/63 (80,95%. Conclusion. Pulmonary edema is the frequent non-specific autopsy finding which is associated with virtually all routes of drug administration. The histopatological study is necessary to determinate a cause of death when a deceased person has the history of dependence or abouse of psychoactive drugs with negative toxicological results.

  11. Memories of an Autopsy: The Effects of Stress Exposure on Suggestibility for a Stressful Event

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    Elisa Krackow; Vanessa M. Jacoby; Joseph R. Scotti

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    The current study examined the effects of stressful life events on memory for a stressful event. Two groups ofcollege students (N = 61) were formed for analysis based on the presence or absence of particular stressful lifeevents. Participants then viewed a graphic video depicting an autopsy, and received a memory interview fourdays later. Results showed similar group performance on correctly leading questions. However, participants inthe Specific Stressor-Exposed group were less suggestible t...

  12. Revising the WHO verbal autopsy instrument to facilitate routine cause-of-death monitoring

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    Leitao, Jordana; Chandramohan, Daniel; Byass, Peter; Jakob, Robert; Bundhamcharoen, Kanitta; Choprapawon, Chanpen; de Savigny, Don; Fottrell, Edward; França, Elizabeth; Frøen, Frederik; Gewaifel, Gihan; Hodgson, Abraham; Hounton, Sennen; KAHN, KATHLEEN; Krishnan, Anand

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    OBJECTIVE: Verbal autopsy (VA) is a systematic approach for determining causes of death (CoD) in populations without routine medical certification. It has mainly been used in research contexts and involved relatively lengthy interviews. Our objective here is to describe the process used to shorten, simplify, and standardise the VA process to make it feasible for application on a larger scale such as in routine civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. METHODS: A literature revie...

  13. An analytical method for the determination of plutonium in autopsy samples

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    A sensitive method for the determination of plutonium in autopsy samples is described. After a suitable chemical pretreatment of the samples the plutonium is separated by extraction chromatography with tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) supported on microporus polyethylene. After electrodeposition of plutonium the activity is counted by alpha spectroscopy. The global yield was 75-80%. The reagent blank activity was such to allow the determination of some femtocuries of plutonium

  14. The presence of enterovirus, adenovirus, and parvovirus B19 in myocardial tissue samples from autopsies

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    Nielsen, Trine Skov; Hansen, Jakob; Nielsen, Lars Peter; Baandrup, Ulrik Thorngren; Banner, Jytte

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    PURPOSE: Multiple viruses have been detected in cardiac tissue, but their role in causing myocarditis remains controversial. Viral diagnostics are increasingly used in forensic medicine, but the interpretation of the results can sometimes be challenging. In this study, we examined the prevalence of adenovirus, enterovirus, and parvovirus B19 (PVB) in myocardial autopsy samples from myocarditis related deaths and in non-inflamed control hearts in an effort to clarify their significance as the cau...

  15. Identifying Factors Associated with Maternal Deaths in Jharkhand, India: A Verbal Autopsy Study

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    Khan, Nizamuddin; Pradhan, Manas Ranjan

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    Maternal mortality has been identified as a priority issue in health policy and research in India. The country, with an annual decrease of maternal mortality rate by 4.9% since 1990, now records 63,000 maternal deaths a year. India tops the list of countries with high maternal mortality. Based on a verbal autopsy study of 403 maternal deaths, conducted in 2008, this paper explores the missed opportunities to save maternal lives, besides probing into the socioeconomic factors contributing to m...

  16. Determination of americium and plutonium in autopsy tissue: methods and problems

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    The current methods used by the tissue analysis program at LASL for the determination of americium and plutonium in autopsy tissue are described. Problems affecting radiochemical yield are discussed. Included are problems associated with sample preparation, separation of plutonium from large amounts of bone ash, and reagent contamination. The average 242Pu tracer yield for 1800 Pu determinations is 78 +- 12%. The average 242Am tracer yield is 85 +- 7% for 40 determinations

  17. An Autopsy Case of Rapidly Progressing Spindle Cell Carcinoma of the Lung Accompanied with Intratumor Hemorrhage

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    Kida, Jun-ichiro; Kanaji, Nobuhiro; Kishi, Sosuke; Imaida, Katsumi; Bandoh, Shuji

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    Patient: Male, 74 Final Diagnosis: Spindle cell carcinoma of the lung Symptoms: — Medication: Pemetrexed • carboplatin Clinical Procedure: Biopsy and autopsy Specialty: Oncology Objective: Rare disease Background: Spindle cell carcinoma (SPCC) of the lung is a subset of sarcomatoid carcinoma. Its clinical features are unclear because of its rarity. Here, we report an autopsy case of SPCC and review CT findings and chemotherapeutic regimens based on previous reports of this disease. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of pemetrexed used to treat SPCC. Case Report: A 74-year-old Japanese male presented with dyspnea and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) showed abundant left pleural effusion and a mass in lower lobe of the left lung. By the tumor biopsy, he was diagnosed for SPCC of the lung, cT3N0M1a, stage IV. The tumor was resistant to chemotherapy with carboplatin and pemetrexed, and rapidly progressed. Autopsy revealed abundant hemorrhage within the tumor, which apparently reflects a low-density area in CT. Conclusions: Present case and the accumulation of cases indicate that low-density areas in CT and rapid tumor progression may be common SPCC findings. PMID:26558362

  18. Identifying factors associated with maternal deaths in Jharkhand, India: a verbal autopsy study.

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    Khan, Nizamuddin; Pradhan, Manas Ranjan

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    Maternal mortality has been identified as a priority issue in health policy and research in India. The country, with an annual decrease of maternal mortality rate by 4.9% since 1990, now records 63,000 maternal deaths a year. India tops the list of countries with high maternal mortality. Based on a verbal autopsy study of 403 maternal deaths, conducted in 2008, this paper explores the missed opportunities to save maternal lives, besides probing into the socioeconomic factors contributing to maternal deaths in Jharkhand, India. This cross-sectional study was carried out in two phases, and a multistage sampling design was used in selecting deaths for verbal autopsy. Informed consent was taken into consideration before verbal autopsy. The analytical approach includes bivariate analysis using SPSS 15, besides triangulation of qualitative and quantitative findings. Most of the deceased were poor (89%), non-literates (85%), and housewives (74%). Again, 80% died in the community/at home, 28% died during pregnancy while another 26% died during delivery. Any antenatal care was received by merely 28% women, and only 20% of the deliveries were conducted by skilled birth attendants (doctors and midwives). Delays in decision-making, travel, and treatment compounded by ignorance of obstetric complications, inadequate use of maternal healthcare services, poor healthcare infrastructure, and harmful rituals are the major contributing factors of maternal deaths in India. PMID:23930345

  19. Pathogenesis of Morquio A syndrome: an autopsied case reveals systemic storage disorder.

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    Yasuda, Eriko; Fushimi, Kazunari; Suzuki, Yasuyuki; Shimizu, Katsuji; Takami, Tsuyoshi; Zustin, Jozef; Patel, Pravin; Ruhnke, Kristen; Shimada, Tsutomu; Boyce, Bobbie; Kokas, Terry; Barone, Carol; Theroux, Mary; Mackenzie, William; Nagel, Barbara; Ryerse, Jan S; Orii, Kenji E; Iida, Hiroki; Orii, Tadao; Tomatsu, Shunji

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    Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA (MPS IVA; Morquio A syndrome) is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by deficiency of N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate sulfatase, which results in systemic accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), keratan sulfate and chondroitin-6-sulfate. Accumulation of these GAGs causes characteristic features as disproportionate dwarfism associated with skeletal deformities, genu valgum, pigeon chest, joint laxity, and kyphoscoliosis. However, the pathological mechanism of systemic skeletal dysplasia and involvement of other tissues remain unanswered in the paucity of availability of an autopsied case and successive systemic analyses of multiple tissues. We report here a 20-year-old male autopsied case with MPS IVA, who developed characteristic skeletal features by the age of 1.5 years and died of acute respiratory distress syndrome five days later after occipito-C1-C2 cervical fusion. We pathohistologically analyzed postmortem tissues including trachea, lung, thyroid, humerus, aorta, heart, liver, spleen, kidney, testes, bone marrow, and lumbar vertebrae. The postmortem tissues relevant with clinical findings demonstrated 1) systemic storage materials in multiple tissues beyond cartilage, 2) severely vacuolated and ballooned chondrocytes in trachea, humerus, vertebrae, and thyroid cartilage with disorganized extracellular matrix and poor ossification, 3) appearance of foam cells and macrophages in lung, aorta, heart valves, heart muscle, trachea, visceral organs, and bone marrow, and 4) storage of chondrotin-6-sulfate in aorta. This is the first autopsied case with MPS IVA whose multiple tissues have been analyzed pathohistologically and these pathological findings should provide a new insight into pathogenesis of MPS IVA. PMID:23683769

  20. Discrepancias entre diagnósticos clínicos y hallazgos de autopsia / Discrepancies between clinical diagnoses and autopsy findings

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    María Virginia, Bürgesser; Diego, Camps; Patricia, Calafat; Ana, Diller.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo principal del presente trabajo fue identificar las discrepancias clínico-patológicas en las autopsias realizadas en la institución. Se revisaron 53 autopsias de casos clínicos en adultos en el período comprendido entre enero de 2005 y junio de 2009, realizadas en el servicio de Anatomía [...] Patológica del Hospital Privado de Córdoba, Argentina. Se excluyeron seis debido a información insuficiente. Se aplicó la clasificación de Goldman y col. para establecer las discrepancias clínico-patológicas entre los diagnósticos pre y post-mortem. Los diagnósticos clínicos más frecuentes fueron las infecciones respiratorias y el tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo. Los hallazgos de autopsia más frecuentes fueron las infecciones respiratorias y el infarto agudo de miocardio. Se detectaron 17 discrepancias mayores y 30 concordancias, no se detectaron discrepancias menores. Las infecciones respiratorias fueron la principal causa de error, seguidas por el infarto agudo de miocardio. Concluimos que en 17/47 (37%) de los casos se realizó un diagnóstico clínico diferente al post-mortem, y que las infecciones respiratorias constituyen el principal tipo de error. Se sugiere adoptar estrategias informativas y educativas, revalorizar la autopsia y las prácticas clínicas tradicionales. Abstract in english The main objective of this study was to identify the clinical-pathological discrepancies in autopsies performed in the institution. We reviewed autopsies of clinical cases in 53 adults in the period between January 2005 and June 2009, carried out in the Pathology Service at the Hospital Privado de C [...] órdoba, Argentina. Six autopsies were excluded due to insufficient information. The Goldman et al. classification was applied to establish clinico-pathologic discrepancies between clinical diagnoses and autopsy findings. Frequently clinical diagnoses were respiratory infections and acute pulmonary embolism. The most frequently reported postmortem diagnoses were respiratory infections and acute myocardial infarction. There were 17 major discrepancies and 30 coincidences. No any minor discrepancy was detected. Respiratory infections were the main cause of error, followed by myocardial infarction. We conclude that in 17/47 (37%) of cases the pre-mortem and postmortem diagnoses were different, and that respiratory infections were the main cause of error. We suggest to adopt educational and informative strategies, to revalue the importance of autopsy, and traditional clinical practices.

  1. Using verbal autopsy to assess the prevalence of HIV infection among deaths in the ART period in rural Uganda: a prospective cohort study, 2006-2008

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    Mugisha Joseph O; Kibengo Freddie M; Nalweyiso Norah; Baisley Kathy; Mayanja Billy N; Van der Paal Lieve; Maher Dermot; Kaleebu Pontiano

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    Abstract Background Verbal autopsy is important for detecting causes of death including HIV in areas with inadequate vital registration systems. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) introduction, a verbal autopsy study in rural Uganda found that half of adult deaths assessed were in HIV-positive individuals. We used verbal autopsy to compare the proportion of HIV-positive adult deaths in the periods before and after ART introduction. Methods Between 2006 and 2008, all adult (? 13 years) deaths...

  2. Investigation of a fatal airplane crash: autopsy, computed tomography, and injury pattern analysis used to determine who was steering the plane at time of accident. A case report

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    Høyer, Christian Bjerre; Nielsen, Trine Skov; Nagel, Lise Loft; Uhrenholt, Lars; Boel, Lene Warner Thorup

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    A fatal accident is reported in which a small single-engine light airplane crashed. The airplane carried two persons in the front seats, both of whom possessed valid pilot certificates. Both victims were subject to autopsy, including post-mortem computed tomography scanning (PMCT) prior to the autopsy. The autopsies showed massive destruction to the bodies of the two victims but did not identify any signs of acute or chronic medical conditions that could explain loss of control of the airplane. ...

  3. Review of Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Brenda L. Waters (Ed.). 4th edition, Humana Press (2009). ISBN: 978-1-58829-841-6

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    Leth, Peter Mygind

    2010-01-01

    This 4th edition of Handbook of Autopsy Practice is a thoroughly updated version. Autopsy practice has undergone significant changes in recent time due to technological advancements such as molecular diagnostics, immunohistochemisty and the introduction of post-mortem imaging techniques. In the same period the autopsy rate in teaching hospitals has declined. A comprehensive and updated version is therefore most welcome. Part I have six completely new chapters, and contain an assortment of tools ...

  4. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium gold standard verbal autopsy validation study: design, implementation, and development of analysis datasets

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    Ohno Summer

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Verbal autopsy methods are critically important for evaluating the leading causes of death in populations without adequate vital registration systems. With a myriad of analytical and data collection approaches, it is essential to create a high quality validation dataset from different populations to evaluate comparative method performance and make recommendations for future verbal autopsy implementation. This study was undertaken to compile a set of strictly defined gold standard deaths for which verbal autopsies were collected to validate the accuracy of different methods of verbal autopsy cause of death assignment. Methods Data collection was implemented in six sites in four countries: Andhra Pradesh, India; Bohol, Philippines; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Mexico City, Mexico; Pemba Island, Tanzania; and Uttar Pradesh, India. The Population Health Metrics Research Consortium (PHMRC developed stringent diagnostic criteria including laboratory, pathology, and medical imaging findings to identify gold standard deaths in health facilities as well as an enhanced verbal autopsy instrument based on World Health Organization (WHO standards. A cause list was constructed based on the WHO Global Burden of Disease estimates of the leading causes of death, potential to identify unique signs and symptoms, and the likely existence of sufficient medical technology to ascertain gold standard cases. Blinded verbal autopsies were collected on all gold standard deaths. Results Over 12,000 verbal autopsies on deaths with gold standard diagnoses were collected (7,836 adults, 2,075 children, 1,629 neonates, and 1,002 stillbirths. Difficulties in finding sufficient cases to meet gold standard criteria as well as problems with misclassification for certain causes meant that the target list of causes for analysis was reduced to 34 for adults, 21 for children, and 10 for neonates, excluding stillbirths. To ensure strict independence for the validation of methods and assessment of comparative performance, 500 test-train datasets were created from the universe of cases, covering a range of cause-specific compositions. Conclusions This unique, robust validation dataset will allow scholars to evaluate the performance of different verbal autopsy analytic methods as well as instrument design. This dataset can be used to inform the implementation of verbal autopsies to more reliably ascertain cause of death in national health information systems.

  5. A psychological autopsy study of suicide among Inuit in Nunavut: methodological and ethical considerations, feasibility and acceptability

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    Chachamovich, Eduardo; Haggarty, Jack; Cargo, Margaret; Hicks, Jack; Kirmayer, Laurence J.; Turecki, Gustavo

    2013-01-01

    Introduction The increasing global prevalence of suicide has made it a major public health concern. Research designed to retrospectively study suicide cases is now being conducted in populations around the world. This field of research is especially crucial in Aboriginal populations, as they often have higher suicide rates than the rest of the country. Objective This article presents the methodological aspects of the first psychological autopsy study on suicide among Inuit in Nunavut. Qaujivallianiq Inuusirijauvalauqtunik (Learning from lives that have been lived) is a large case-control study, including all 120 cases of suicide by Inuit that occurred in Nunavut between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006. The article describes the research design, ethical considerations and strategies used to adapt the psychological autopsy method to Nunavut Inuit. Specifically, we present local social and cultural issues; data collection procedures; and the acceptability, reliability and validity of the method. Method A retrospective case-control study using the psychological autopsy approach was carried out in 22 communities in Nunavut. A total of 498 individuals were directly interviewed, and medical and correctional charts were also reviewed. Results The psychological autopsy method was well received by participants as they appreciated the opportunity to discuss the loss of a family member or friend by suicide. During interviews, informants readily identified symptoms of psychiatric disorders, although culture-specific rather than clinical explanations were sometimes provided. Results suggest that the psychological autopsy method can be effectively used in Inuit populations. PMID:23539438

  6. Birth attendants as perinatal verbal autopsy respondents in low-and middle-income countries: a viable alternative?

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of using birth attendants instead of bereaved mothers as perinatal verbal autopsy respondents. METHODS: Verbal autopsy interviews for early neonatal deaths and stillbirths were conducted separately among mothers (reference standard and birth attendants in 38 communities in four developing countries. Concordance between maternal and attendant responses was calculated for all questions, for categories of questions and for individual questions. The sensitivity and specificity of individual questions with the birth attendant as respondent were assessed. FINDINGS: For early neonatal deaths, concordance across all questions was 94%. Concordance was at least 95% for more than half the questions on maternal medical history, birth attendance and neonate characteristics. Concordance on any given question was never less than 80%. Sensitivity and specificity varied across individual questions, more than 80% of which had a sensitivity of at least 80% and a specificity of at least 90%. For stillbirths, concordance across all questions was 93%. Concordance was 95% or greater more than half the time for questions on birth attendance, site of delivery and stillborn characteristics. Sensitivity and specificity varied across individual questions. Over 60% of the questions had a sensitivity of at least 80% and over 80% of them had a specificity of at least 90%. Overall, the causes of death established through verbal autopsy were similar, regardless of respondent. CONCLUSION: Birth attendants can substitute for bereaved mothers as verbal autopsy respondents. The questions in existing harmonized verbal autopsy questionnaires need further refinement, as their sensitivity and specificity differ widely.

  7. Agreement between death-certificate and autopsy diagnoses among atomic-bomb survivors

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    Using the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission/Radiation Effects Research Foundation series of over 5000 autopsies, we examined death-certificate accuracy for several disease categories and assessed the effect of potential modifying factors on this accuracy. For 12 cause-of-death categories, the overall percent agreement between death-certificate and autopsy diagnoses was only 52.5%. Although neoplasms had the highest detection rate (on the death certificate) in the study, still almost 25% of cancers diagnosed at autopsy were missed on the death certificate. Only for neoplasms and external causes of death were confirmation and detection rates above 70%. Confirmation rates were between 50% and 70% for infectious and parasitic diseases and heart and other vascular diseases. Detection rates reached a similar level for infectious and parasitic, cerebrovascular, and digestive diseases. Specificity rates were above 90% for all but the cerebrovascular disease category. Overall agreement decreased with increasing age of the decedents and was lower for deaths occurring outside of hospital vs those occurring in a hospital. There was some suggestion that agreement rates were higher for more-recent deaths but no indication that radiation dose, sex, city of residence, or inclusion in a biennial clinical-examination program influenced agreement. Because the inaccuracy of death-certificate diagnoses can have major implications for many aspects of health research and planning, it is important to be aware that death-certificate accuracy is low and can vary widely depending on the patient's age at death and the place of death. (J.P.N.)

  8. Cause of death among Ghanaian adolescents in Accra using autopsy data

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    Tettey Yao

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is limited data on adolescent mortality particularly from developing countries with unreliable death registration systems. This calls for the use of other sources of data to ascertain cause of adolescent mortality. The objective of this study was to describe the causes of death among Ghanaian adolescents 10 to 19 years in Accra, Ghana utilizing data from autopsies conducted in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH. Findings Out of the 14,034 autopsies carried out from 2001 to 2003 in KBTH, 7% were among adolescents. Of the 882 deaths among adolescents analyzed, 402 (45.6% were females. There were 365 (41.4% deaths from communicable disease, pregnancy related conditions and nutritional disorders. Non-communicable diseases accounted for 362 (41% cases and the rest were attributable to injuries and external causes of morbidity and mortality. Intestinal infectious diseases and lower respiratory tract infections were the most common communicable causes of death collectively accounting for 20.5% of total deaths. Death from blood diseases was the largest (8.5% among the non-communicable conditions followed by neoplasms (7%. Males were more susceptible to injuries than females (?2 = 13.45, p = .000. At least five out of ten specific causes of death were as a result of infections with pneumonia and typhoid being the most common. Sickle cell disease was among the top three specific causes of death. Among the females, 27 deaths (6.7% were pregnancy related with most of them being as a result of abortion. Conclusions The autopsy data from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital can serve as a useful source of information on adolescent mortality. Both communicable and non-communicable diseases accounted for most deaths highlighting the need for health care providers to avoid complacency in their management of adolescents presenting with these diseases.

  9. Metastatic progression of breast cancer: insights from 50?years of autopsies

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    Cummings, Margaret C; Peter T. Simpson; Reid, Lynne E; Jayanthan, Janani; Skerman, Joanna; Song, Sarah; McCart Reed, Amy E; Kutasovic, Jamie R; Morey, Adrienne L; Marquart, Louise; O'Rourke, Peter; Lakhani, Sunil R.

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    There remain no clear guidelines for the optimal management of patients with metastatic breast cancer. To better understand its natural history, we undertook a detailed examination of 197 autopsies performed on women who died of breast cancer. We reviewed clinical, treatment and pathological aspects of all cases and, additionally, pathological features and biomarker expression (ER, PgR, HER2, EGFR, p53, Ki67, c-Kit, CK AE1/AE3) were assessed in detail for the primary tumour and matched metast...

  10. Efficacy of drug screening in forensic autopsy: retrospective investigation of routine toxicological findings.

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    Tominaga, Mariko; Michiue, Tomomi; Inamori-Kawamoto, Osamu; Hishmat, Asmaa Mohammed; Oritani, Shigeki; Takama, Masashi; Ishikawa, Takaki; Maeda, Hitoshi

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    Toxicological analysis is indispensable in forensic autopsy laboratories, but often depends on the limitations of individual institutions. The present study reviewed routine drug screening data of forensic autopsy cases (n=2996) during an 18.5-year period (January 1996-June 2014) at our institute to examine the efficacy of the procedures and findings in autopsy diagnosis and interpretation. Drug screening was performed using on-site immunoassay screening devices and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in all cases, followed by re-examination using GC/MS and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) at a cooperating institute in specific cases in the last 4 years. GC/MS detected drugs in 486 cases (16.2%), including amphetamines (n=160), major tranquilizers (n=72), minor tranquilizers (n=294), antidepressants (n=21), cold remedies (n=77), and other drugs (n=19). Among these cases, fatal intoxication (n=123) involved amphetamines (n=73), major tranquilizers (n=37), minor tranquilizers (n=86), antidepressants (n=3), and cold remedies (n=9); most cases involved self-administration, alleged suicide and accidental overdose, while homicide was not included. These drugs were also identified in other manners of death, including homicide (n=40/372), suicide (n=34/226), accidental falls (n=27/129), and natural death (n=72/514). In these cases, on-site immunoassay screening of drugs of abuse showed negative findings in 2440 cases (81.4% in all cases), while GC/MS detected other drugs in 218 cases (7.3% in all cases), including several antipsychotic drugs, acetaminophen and salicylic acid. Further analysis using LC/MS/MS detected low concentrations of benzodiazepines in 32 cases, and also anti-diabetic and hypertensive drugs in a case of fatal abuse. These observations indicate the efficacy of systematic routine toxicological analysis to investigate not only the cause of death but also the background of fatalities in forensic autopsy. The provision of extensive drug screening is needed for forensic and social risk management, considering the marked diversity of medical and illicit drugs. PMID:25637163

  11. Cause of Sudden Cardiac Deaths on Autopsy Findings; a Four-Year Report

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD has been steadily increasing all over the world. While knowing the cause of SCD is one of the favorites of the physicians involved with these cases, it is very difficult and challenging task for the forensic physician. The present report is a prospective study regarding cause of SCDs on autopsy examination in four-year period, Bangalore, India. Methods: The present prospective study is based on autopsy observations, carried out for four-year period from 2008 to 2011, and analyzed for cause of SCDs. The cases were chosen as per the definition of sudden death and autopsied. The material was divided into natural and unnatural groups. Finally, on histopathology, gross examination, hospital details, circumstantial, and police reports the cause of death was inferred. Results: A total of 2449 autopsy was conducted of which 204 cases were due to SCD. The highest SCDs were reported in 50-60 years age group (62.24%; n-127, followed closely by the age group 60-69 (28.43%; n-58. Male to female ratio was around 10:1. The maximum number of deaths (n=78 was within few hours (6 hours after the onset of signs and symptoms. In 24 (11.8% cases major narrowing was noted in both the main coronaries, in 87 (42.6% cases in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD, and in 18 (51.5% cases in the right coronary artery (RCA. The major cardiac pathology resulting in sudden death was coronary artery disease (n-116; 56.86% and myocardial infarction (n-104; 50.9%. most of the SCDs occurred in the place of residence (n-80; 39.2% followed closely by death in hospital (n-49; 24.01%. Conclusion: Coronary occlusion was the major contributory cause of sudden death with cardiac origin and the highest number of deaths were reported in the age 50-59 years with male to female ratio of 10:1. 

  12. Detection of pathological zinc accumulation in neurons: methods for autopsy, biopsy, and cultured tissue

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    Suh, S W; Listiack, K

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    It has been repeatedly shown that synaptically released zinc contributes to excitotoxic neuronal injury in ischemia, epilepsy, and mechanical head trauma. Such zinc-induced injury leaves an unmistakable "footprint" in the injured neurons, allowing an easy and unambiguous postmortem diagnosis. This footprint is the presence of weakly bound, histochemically reactive zinc in the cytoplasm of the perikaryon and proximal dendrites. Such staining appears to be a necessary and sufficient marker for zinc-induced neuronal injury. Here we show how to prepare and stain tissue from biopsy, autopsy, or experimental animal sources for maximal contrast and visibility of zinc-injured neurons.

  13. Stillbirths and newborn deaths in slum settlements in Mumbai, India: a prospective verbal autopsy study

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    Bapat Ujwala; Alcock Glyn; More Neena; Das Sushmita; Joshi Wasundhara; Osrin David

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    Abstract Background Three million babies are stillborn each year and 3.6 million die in the first month of life. In India, early neonatal deaths make up four-fifths of neonatal deaths and infant mortality three-quarters of under-five mortality. Information is scarce on cause-specific perinatal and neonatal mortality in urban settings in low-income countries. We conducted verbal autopsies for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Mumbai slum settlements. Our objectives were to classify deaths acc...

  14. Reliability of death certifications for different types of cancer. An autopsy survey.

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    Cavallo, Franco

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    A series of 1000 cases was selected, on the basis of a clinical and/or post-mortem diagnosis of cancer, out of 4927 autopsies performed at the Institute of Pathologic Anatomy and Histopathology of Turin University. The comparison between clinical and post-mortem diagnoses pointed to an overall concordance with regard to the correct identification of a malignancy as the underlying cause of death of 75%; if the correct identification of type and primary site of the tumor was also taken into acc...

  15. Random forests for verbal autopsy analysis: multisite validation study using clinical diagnostic gold standards

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computer-coded verbal autopsy (CCVA is a promising alternative to the standard approach of physician-certified verbal autopsy (PCVA, because of its high speed, low cost, and reliability. This study introduces a new CCVA technique and validates its performance using defined clinical diagnostic criteria as a gold standard for a multisite sample of 12,542 verbal autopsies (VAs. Methods The Random Forest (RF Method from machine learning (ML was adapted to predict cause of death by training random forests to distinguish between each pair of causes, and then combining the results through a novel ranking technique. We assessed quality of the new method at the individual level using chance-corrected concordance and at the population level using cause-specific mortality fraction (CSMF accuracy as well as linear regression. We also compared the quality of RF to PCVA for all of these metrics. We performed this analysis separately for adult, child, and neonatal VAs. We also assessed the variation in performance with and without household recall of health care experience (HCE. Results For all metrics, for all settings, RF was as good as or better than PCVA, with the exception of a nonsignificantly lower CSMF accuracy for neonates with HCE information. With HCE, the chance-corrected concordance of RF was 3.4 percentage points higher for adults, 3.2 percentage points higher for children, and 1.6 percentage points higher for neonates. The CSMF accuracy was 0.097 higher for adults, 0.097 higher for children, and 0.007 lower for neonates. Without HCE, the chance-corrected concordance of RF was 8.1 percentage points higher than PCVA for adults, 10.2 percentage points higher for children, and 5.9 percentage points higher for neonates. The CSMF accuracy was higher for RF by 0.102 for adults, 0.131 for children, and 0.025 for neonates. Conclusions We found that our RF Method outperformed the PCVA method in terms of chance-corrected concordance and CSMF accuracy for adult and child VA with and without HCE and for neonatal VA without HCE. It is also preferable to PCVA in terms of time and cost. Therefore, we recommend it as the technique of choice for analyzing past and current verbal autopsies.

  16. Comparison of organochlorine residues in human adipose tissue autopsy samples from two Ontario municipalities

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    Williams, D.T.; LeBel, G.L.; Junkins, E.

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    Human adipose tissue samples obtained during autopsies in a Canadian Great Lakes community, Kingston, Ontario, and a second community, Ottawa, Ontario, were analyzed for organochlorine pesticides, polychlorobiphenyls, chlorobenzenes, and chlorophenols. Significantly different levels of Dichlorodiphenyl-dichlorethane, mirex, hexachlorobenzene, and 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol were found in Kingston adipose tissues compared to Ottawa tissues. Residue levels of oxychlordane, mirex, and polychlorinated biphenyls were significantly different in Kingston males versus Kingston females. The means and ranges of residue levels were contrasted with those reported in previous Canadian surveys.

  17. Verbal autopsy of 80,000 adult deaths in Tamilnadu, South India.

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    Peto Richard; Gajalakshmi Vendhan

    2004-01-01

    Abstract Background Registration of the fact of death is almost complete in the city of Chennai and not so in the rural Villupuram district in Tamilnadu, India. The cause of death is often inadequately recorded on the death certificate in developing countries like India. A special verbal autopsy (VA) study of 48 000 adult (aged ? 25 yrs) deaths in the city of Chennai (urban) during 1995–97 and 32 000 in rural Villupuram during 1997–98 was conducted to arrive at the probable underlying cause o...

  18. Organ distribution of radioactive cesium in autopsy material following the Chernobyl catastrophe

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    Tissue specimens were obtained at autopsy, mechanically reduced to small pieces and filled into test tubes up to a height of 5 cm so that the measuring requirements were compatible with the maximum counting efficiency of the device used. Such tissue examinations were performed for the skeletal musculature of the calf, the liver, spleen, kidneys, heart muscle, thyroid, testicles, brain, fatty tissue from the abdominal wall as well as bone marrow from the femur. On separate quantitative analysis is was found that 67% of the cesium currently detected in tissue samples is Cs-137, while Cs-134 accounts for no more than 33%. (orig./DG)

  19. SYSTEMIC AMYLOIDOSIS: FINDING ON AUTOPSY. REPORT OF TWO CASES (IN SPANISH

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    Martínez-Muñoz Elsa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: amyloidosis is the extracellular accumulation of amyloid material, which causes damage in the functioning of organs and tissues. It is characterized by the presence of protein folding, which acquire the capacity of self-assembly creating unusual configurations. Case reports: the case reports of two female patients are presented. Both with 47 years of age, who died without clinical diagnosis. Due to not evident cause of the deaths, clinical autopsies were carried out. Massive presence of amyloid in different organs was found, which was confirmed with the Congo red staining method and the assessment in the polarized light microscopy. Multiple organ dysfunction syndromes secondary to the presence of systemic amyloidosis was diagnosed and in both patients was considered as the cause of death. Conclusion: the clinical symptoms of the amyloidosis are variable and nonspecific, depending of the extracellular deposits and its location in the body. It is a challenge to do a diagnosis. It is recommended to consider the diagnostic possibility of the amyloidosis in patients with suggestive symptoms of damage in the function of the organ and it is required the histological confirmation. Rev. cienc.biomed. 2014;5(1:123-129 KEYWORDS Amyloid, Amyloid beta-protein precursor, Amyloidosis, Autopsy.

  20. DNA extraction and quantification from touch and scrape preparations obtained from autopsy liver cells

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    C.N.M., Ribeiro; L.C., Peres; J.M., Pina-Neto.

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    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to develop a simplified low cost method for the collection and fixation of pediatric autopsy cells and to determine the quantitative and qualitative adequacy of extracted DNA. Touch and scrape preparations of pediatric liver cells were obtained from 15 cadavers [...] at autopsy and fixed in 95% ethanol or 3:1 methanol:acetic acid. Material prepared by each fixation procedure was submitted to DNA extraction with the Wizard® genomic DNA purification kit for DNA quantification and five of the preparations were amplified by multiplex PCR (azoospermia factor genes). The amount of DNA extracted varied from 20 to 8,640 µg, with significant differences between fixation methods. Scrape preparation fixed in 95% ethanol provided larger amount of extracted DNA. However, the mean for all groups was higher than the quantity needed for PCR (50 ng) or Southern blot (500 ng). There were no qualitative differences among the different material and fixatives. The same results were also obtained for glass slides stored at room temperature for 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. We conclude that touch and scrape preparations fixed in 95% ethanol are a good source of DNA and present fewer limitations than cell culture, tissue paraffin embedding or freezing that require sterile material, culture medium, laboratory equipment and trained technicians. In addition, they are more practical and less labor intensive and can be obtained and stored for a long time at low cost.

  1. The burden of disease in Maputo City, Mozambique: registered and autopsied deaths in 1994

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    Dgedge Martinho

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To classify the causes of death in Maputo City, Mozambique, using the methods of the Global Burden of Disease study, in order to provide information for health policy-makers and to obtain a baseline for future studies in Maputo City and provincial capitals. METHODS: Data were taken from the Maputo City death register and autopsy records for 1994. FINDINGS: A total of 9011 deaths were recorded in the death register, representing a coverage of approximately 86%. Of these, 8114 deaths (92% were classified by cause. Communicable, maternal, perinatal, and nutritional disorders accounted for 5319 deaths; noncommunicable diseases for 1834; and injuries for 961. The 10 leading causes of registered deaths were perinatal disorders (1643 deaths; malaria (928; diarrhoeal diseases (814; tuberculosis (456; lower respiratory infections (416; road-traffic accidents (371; anaemia (269; cerebrovascular diseases (269; homicide (188; and bacterial meningitis (178. CONCLUSIONS: Infectious diseases of all types, injuries, and cerebrovascular disease ranked as leading causes of death, according to both the autopsy records and the city death register. AIDS-related deaths were underreported. With HIV infection increasing rapidly, AIDS will add to the already high burden of infectious diseases and premature mortality in Maputo City. The results of the study indicate that cause of death is a useful outcome indicator for disease control programmes.

  2. An autopsy case of cerebral radiation necrosis simulating recurrent malignant glioma

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    The present case was a 60-year-old man. After removal of a malignant glioma (astrocytoma grade 3), radiation therapy was performed. From 1 year and 2 months after radiation therapy, disturbance of consciousness and right hemiparesis appeared. An abnormal shadow was noted on CT scan in the region from which the tumor had been extracted. Recurrence of the tumor was thus suspected. The symptoms were not relieved by steroid therapy or ACNU chemotherapy. The disturbance of consciousness gradually became aggravated and was complicated with respiration disorder. The patient died after a total course of 3 years and 6 months from the initial treatment. The findings of CT scans suggested a polymorphological tumor mass occupying the left frontal lobe with invasion to the right hemisphere via the corpus callosum. The gross and histological findings at autopsy mainly consisted of an extensive coagulation necrosis focus. There was also extensive vascular disturbance probably ascribable to radiation damage. Extensive investigations for residual tumor cells yielded negative results. The findings of CT scans were therefore considered to reflect changes in radiation necrosis with time. In the present case, autopsy findings, clinical course and image findings resembled those of recurrent malignant glioma but no residual tumor cells at the histological level. (author)

  3. Cardiovascular Damage in Alzheimer Disease: Autopsy Findings From the Bryan ADRC

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    Corder Elizabeth H.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Autopsy information on cardiovascular damage was investigated for pathologically confirmed Alzheimer disease (AD patients (n = 84 and non-AD control patients (n = 60 . The 51 relevant items were entered into a grade-of-membership model to describe vascular damage in AD. Five latent groups were identified “I: early-onset AD,” “II: controls, cancer,” “III: controls, extensive atherosclerosis,” “IV: late-onset AD, male,” and “V: late-onset AD, female.” Expectedly, Groups IV and V had elevated APOE ϵ 4 frequency. Unexpectedly, there was limited atherosclerosis and frequent myocardial valve and ventricular damage. The findings do not indicate a strong relationship between atherosclerosis and AD, although both are associated with the APOE ϵ 4 . Instead, autopsy findings of extensive atherosclerosis were associated with possible, not probable or definite AD, and premature death. They are consistent with the hypothesis that brain hypoperfusion contributes to dementia, possibly to AD pathogenesis, and raise the possibility that the APOE allele ϵ 4 contributes directly to heart valve and myocardial damage.

  4. Histopathologic findings in autopsy cases after radiotherapy for cancer pain from bone marrow metastasis

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    The purpose of this was to study the mechanisms of cancer pain and effects of irradiation in metastatic bone marrow patients, histopathologically. Sixteen autopsy cases including 9 breast tumors, 4 hepatic cell carcinomas, 2 gastric cancers and 1 triple cancer of the renal pelvis, urinary bladder and liver were studied. Symptomatically, the effects of radiotherapy (36?56 Gy) for cancer pain were freedom from pain in 4 (25%), pain relief in 8 (50%), no effect in 3 (18.8%) and undetectable in 1. The sites of irradiation were thoracic in 7, lumbar in 5, thoracolumbar in 3, and cervicothoracic vertebra in 1. At autopsy, no cancer cells were found at the site of irradiation in 5 subjects. The histopathologic appearance of painful metastases to bones was periosteal infiltration in 8, perineural invasion in 3, nervous compression in 4 and compression fracture or collapse in 8. The reaction of metastatic bone marrow to irradiation showed mixed type in 8, intertrabecullar types in 4, osteolytic type in 1, and osteoplastic type in 2. Cancer pain was associated with several histopathologic findings, and the histopathological effects of radiation for such pain were weak. Further histopathologic study of the mechanisms of cancer pain and effects of irradiation may be necessary for better quality of life (QOL) for patients. (author)

  5. Neoplastic lesions in CADASIL syndrome: report of an autopsied Japanese case.

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    Hassan, Wael Abdo; Udaka, Naoka; Ueda, Akihiko; Ando, Yukio; Ito, Takaaki

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    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is one of the most common heritable causes of stroke and dementia in adults. The gene involved in the pathogenesis of CADASIL is Notch3; in which mutations affect the number of cysteine residues in its extracellular domain, causing its accumulation in small arteries and arterioles of the affected individuals. Besides the usual neurological and vascular findings that have been well-documented in CADASIL patients, this paper additionally reports multiple neoplastic lesions that were observed in an autopsy case of CADASIL patient; that could be related to Notch3 mutation. The patient was a 62 years old male, presented with a past history of neurological manifestations, including gait disturbance and frequent convulsive attacks. He was diagnosed as CADASIL syndrome with Notch3 Arg133Cys mutation. He eventually developed hemiplegia and died of systemic convulsions. Autopsy examination revealed-besides the vascular and neurological lesions characteristic of CADASIL- multiple neoplastic lesions in the body; carcinoid tumorlet and diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuro-endocrine cell hyperplasia (DIPNECH) in the lungs, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), prostatic adenocarcinoma (ADC) and adenomatoid tumor of the epididymis. This report describes a spectrum of neoplastic lesions that were found in a case of CADASIL patient that could be related to Notch3 gene mutations. PMID:26261665

  6. Problems in diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer as seen in the autopsy findings

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    The results obtained from a pathological study of the cancer spread, postoperative recurrence and intraoperative radiotherapy in 68 autopsy cases of pancreatic cancer were as follows: 1) The study of pancreatic cancer was conducted by classifying the cases according to the location of the cancer; uncus, head, body and tail. Difference was seen in the mode of cancer spread and also in the clinical symptoms among the pancreatic cancers in each location. Especially, it was maintained that cancer in the uncus should be treated independently from the cancer in the head. 2) There was no difference in the mode of cancer spread between postoperative recurrence or intraoperative radiotherapy cases and non-operated or non-intraoperative radiotherapy cases. Moreover, it suggested one side of difficulty of the surgical treatment, that is, all cases considered curative operation were performed through histological study of the resected specimen at operation have had retroperitoneal recurrence. 3) By histological study of autopsy cases of intraoperative radiotherapy, it was suggested that cancer cells remained or regrew in the periphery of the radiotherapy field, which is a meaningful finding for evaluating intraoperative radiotherapy in the future. (author)

  7. Alobar holoprosencephaly with cyclopia - autopsy-based observations from one medical center.

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    Swatek, Jaros?aw; Szumi?o, Justyna; Burdan, Franciszek

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    Holoprosencephaly, a major congenital malformation of the brain, consists in a complete or partial failure of the prosencephalon to divide into separate hemispheres. Alobar holoprosencephaly with cyclopia was analyzed on the basis of autopsy reports performed for hospitals admitting patients from the Lublin Region in Eastern Poland in the period of 20 years (1981-2000). The malformation was found in seven newborns - five girls, one boy and one child with sex not established due to agenesia of the genital organs, all autopsied in the years 1990-1999. According to clinical data, none of the mothers (age 24-39 years) was exposed to any prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs during pregnancy, but one was exposed to paints in early pregnancy. The proboscis was present in four of seven cases. Six of seven children displayed additional congenital malformations. In two cases intrapancreatic accessory spleen suggesting trisomy 13 was found. Alobar holoprosencephaly with cyclopia is a rare lethal congenital anomaly frequently accompanied by other malformations and characterized by large variations in incidence. PMID:23791929

  8. “CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE ON AUTOPSY”: A FIVE YEARS CLINICOPATHOLOGICAL STUDY (NOVEMBER-2007 TO OCTOBER-2012

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    Full Text Available BackgroundThis study was done to investigate the cause of death due to coronary artery pathology found on autopsies received between November 2007 to October 2012. The study was conducted at the Histopathology laboratory, Pathology Department, P. D. U. Medical College, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.MethodsIn the present study, total 350 postmortem cases with coronary artery specimen received from Saurashtra region(formed by seven districts of Gujarat,India from November 2008 to October 2012 were considered. Histopathological sectioning of these specimens was done & slides were prepared & stained by Hematoxylin & Eosin stains, examined microscopically for coronary artery pathology. Each and every autopsy cases received irrespective of natural, unnatural or sudden death were considered for this study. Patients’ relatives were approached and detailed history about the life style, habit & clinical complains of the patient was noted for further evaluation.ResultsA direct relationship was observed between death due to coronary artery disease and personal history including risk factors like sedentary life style, smoking, alcohol, obesity, diabetes & also with particular age groups viz. 45-65 years.ConclusionsOur study confirms that coronary artery diseases are more common among the population with sedentary life style, habit of smoking, alcohol & obesity. Also relationships with diabetes & hypertension were observed. These signify, increasing incidence of coronary artery diseases with modernization & adaptation of western lifestyle in the developing countries as emphasized by this study in our study population. These informations are valuable in policy formation for the control of coronary as artery diseases.

  9. Las autopsias en el hospital "Comandante Manuel Fajardo Rivero" / Autopsies in "Comandante Manuel Fajardo Rivero" hospital

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    Ygnacio, Ygualada Correa; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Teresita de J, Montero González.

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: mostrar los principales resultados obtenidos de la autopsia y utilizarlos en la mejora continua de la calidad asistencial. Métodos: se realizó un estudio retrospectivo, longitudinal, de la base de datos de autopsias del SARCAP, realizadas en el Hospital Militar "Comandante Manuel Fajardo [...] Rivero" entre los años 1991-2011. Se analizaron el sexo, la edad, las especialidades de egreso, la estadía hospitalaria, las principales enfermedades, causas de muerte y evaluación de sus diagnósticos premortem. Resultados: se estudiaron 2 480 autopsias. Predominó el sexo masculino con el 51,7 % y las edades de 75-84 años con el 31 %. El 79,65 % de los casos fallecidos ocurrieron en el área de atención al grave y el 47,8 % de ellos fallecieron con una estadía de hasta 48 horas. La bronconeumonía y el infarto cardíaco fueron las principales causas directas de muerte, mientras en las básicas lo fueron la aterosclerosis coronaria, cerebral y generalizada. La hipertensión arterial y la diabetes mellitus fueron las principales causas contribuyentes. Las discrepancias para las causas directas y básicas de muerte fueron de una cada cuatro autopsias. Conclusiones: el estudio multicausal de la muerte permite caracterizar los principales problemas de salud. La aplicación del SARCAP y el diagnóstico del DMO han sido logros importantes de la especialidad alcanzados en esta institución. La metodología de trabajo obtenida en el estudio de la autopsia y su empleo en la mejora continua de la calidad de la asistencia médica en este centro constituye referencia para otros hospitales. Abstract in english Objectives: to show the main results of autopsy and to use tehm in the continuous improvement of care quality. Methods: a retrospective, longitudinal study was conducted in SARCAP autopsy database at "Comandante Manuel Fajardo Rivero" Military Hospital from 1991 to 2011. Different items were analyze [...] d such as sex, age, specialties of discharge, the hospital stay, major diseases, causes of death and its premortem diagnostic evaluation. Results: 2 480 autopsies were studied; most of them were male (51.7 %) and the mean age rate of 75-84 years (31 %). 79,65 % of the died cases happened in the area of attention to the serious patients and 47,8 % of the cases died with up to 48 hours of hospital stay. Bronchopneumonia and heart attacks were the main direct causes of death, while coronary, cerebral and generalized atherosclerosis were the basic causes of death. Hypertension and diabetes mellitus were the main contributing causes. Discrepancies for basic and direct causes of death were one in four autopsies. Conclusions: this multicausal-death study allowed characterizing those major health problems. Applying SARCAP and BMD diagnosis have been an important achievement in the specialty of this institution. The gained methodology during this autopsy study and its use in the continuous improvement of medical care quality in this center is a reference to other hospitals.

  10. Post mortem magnetic resonance imaging in the fetus, infant and child: A comparative study with conventional autopsy (MaRIAS Protocol

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    Thayyil Sudhin

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Minimally invasive autopsy by post mortem magnetic resonance (MR imaging has been suggested as an alternative for conventional autopsy in view of the declining consented autopsy rates. However, large prospective studies rigorously evaluating the accuracy of such an approach are lacking. We intend to compare the accuracy of a minimally invasive autopsy approach using post mortem MR imaging with that of conventional autopsy in fetuses, newborns and children for detection of the major pathological abnormalities and/or determination of the cause of death. Methods/Design We recruited 400 consecutive fetuses, newborns and children referred for conventional autopsy to one of the two participating hospitals over a three-year period. We acquired whole body post mortem MR imaging using a 1.5 T MR scanner (Avanto, Siemens Medical Solutions, Enlargen, Germany prior to autopsy. The total scan time varied between 90 to 120 minutes. Each MR image was reported by a team of four specialist radiologists (paediatric neuroradiology, paediatric cardiology, paediatric chest & abdominal imaging and musculoskeletal imaging, blinded to the autopsy data. Conventional autopsy was performed according to the guidelines set down by the Royal College of Pathologists (UK by experienced paediatric or perinatal pathologists, blinded to the MR data. The MR and autopsy data were recorded using predefined categorical variables by an independent person. Discussion Using conventional post mortem as the gold standard comparator, the MR images will be assessed for accuracy of the anatomical morphology, associated lesions, clinical usefulness of information and determination of the cause of death. The sensitivities, specificities and predictive values of post mortem MR alone and MR imaging along with other minimally invasive post mortem investigations will be presented for the final diagnosis, broad diagnostic categories and for specific diagnosis of each system. Clinical Trial Registration NCT01417962 NIHR Portfolio Number: 6794

  11. Mortality patterns in Vietnam, 2006: Findings from a national verbal autopsy survey

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    Adair Timothy

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Accurate nationally representative statistics on total and cause-specific mortality in Vietnam are lacking due to incomplete capture in government reporting systems. This paper presents total and cause-specific mortality results from a national verbal autopsy survey conducted first time in Vietnam in conjunction with the annual population change survey and discusses methodological and logistical challenges associated with the implementation of a nation-wide assessment of mortality based on surveys. Verbal autopsy interviews, using the WHO standard questionnaire, were conducted with close relatives of the 6798 deaths identified in the 2007 population change survey in Vietnam. Data collectors were health staff recruited from the commune health station who undertook 3-day intensive training on VA interview. The Preston-Coale method assessed the level of completeness of mortality reporting from the population change survey. The number of deaths in each age-sex grouping is inflated according to the estimate of completeness to produce an adjusted number of deaths. Underlying causes of death were aggregated to the International Classification of Diseases Mortality Tabulation List 1. Leading causes of death were tabulated by sex for three broad age groups: 0-14 years; 15-59 years; and 60 years and above. Findings Completeness of mortality reporting was 69% for males and 54% for females with substantial regional variation. The use of VA has resulted in 10% of deaths being classified to ill-defined among males, and 15% among females. More ill-defined deaths were reported among the 60 year or above age group. Incomplete death reporting, wide geographical dispersal of deaths, extensive travel between households, and substantial variation in local responses to VA interviews challenged the implementation of a national mortality and cause of death assessment based on surveys. Conclusions Verbal autopsy can be a viable tool to identify cause of death in Vietnam. However logistical challenges limit its use in conjunction with the national sample survey. Sentinel population clusters for mortality surveillance should be tested to develop an effective and sustainable option for routine mortality and cause of death data collection in Vietnam.

  12. Investigation of the role of computed tomography as an adjunct to autopsy in the evaluation of stillbirth.

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    2012-01-31

    INTRODUCTION: The number of parents agreeing to autopsy following stillbirth is declining, which has undermined clinicians\\' ability to assess causes of intrauterine death and can impact counselling regarding recurrence. Post-mortem radiological imaging is a potential alternative method of investigating perinatal loss. The aim of this study was to assess the role of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) in the investigation of stillbirth. STUDY DESIGN: Following ethical approval and written consent, parents were offered MDCT of the stillborn infant. MDCT was performed with 3D reconstruction, and images were analysed for image quality, anthropomorphic measurements and pathologic findings. Body part and organ-specific measurements were performed; including head, chest and abdominal circumferences, and muscle and liver mass was also measured. Findings were correlated with obstetric history, post-mortem skeletal survey (plain radiography), and formal autopsy. RESULTS: Fourteen third-trimester stillborn infants were scanned. Image quality was moderate to excellent for most body structures. CT was better than plain radiography for imaging skeletal structures and large solid organs and demonstrated a range of pathologies including renal vein thrombosis, mesenteric calcification and skeletal hyperostosis that were not seen on plain radiographs. MDCT did not overlook autopsy findings and provided some additional information. CONCLUSION: This study confirms the feasibility of MDCT in the investigation of third trimester stillbirth. MDCT image quality is acceptable and the examination can demonstrate a range of anatomic and pathologic findings. Initially, its value may be as an important adjunct to conventional autopsy.

  13. Investigation of the role of computed tomography as an adjunct to autopsy in the evaluation of stillbirth

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    Introduction: The number of parents agreeing to autopsy following stillbirth is declining, which has undermined clinicians’ ability to assess causes of intrauterine death and can impact counselling regarding recurrence. Post-mortem radiological imaging is a potential alternative method of investigating perinatal loss. The aim of this study was to assess the role of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) in the investigation of stillbirth. Study design: Following ethical approval and written consent, parents were offered MDCT of the stillborn infant. MDCT was performed with 3D reconstruction, and images were analysed for image quality, anthropomorphic measurements and pathologic findings. Body part and organ-specific measurements were performed; including head, chest and abdominal circumferences, and muscle and liver mass was also measured. Findings were correlated with obstetric history, post-mortem skeletal survey (plain radiography), and formal autopsy. Results: Fourteen third-trimester stillborn infants were scanned. Image quality was moderate to excellent for most body structures. CT was better than plain radiography for imaging skeletal structures and large solid organs and demonstrated a range of pathologies including renal vein thrombosis, mesenteric calcification and skeletal hyperostosis that were not seen on plain radiographs. MDCT did not overlook autopsy findings and provided some additional information. Conclusion: This study confirms the feasibility of MDCT in the investigation of third trimester stillbirth. MDCT image quality is acceptable and the examination can demonstrate a range of anatomic and pathologic findings. Initially, its value may be as an important adjunct to conventional autopsy.

  14. Industrial accidental deaths in the Niger delta region of Nigeria: a study of 32 autopsies in Port Harcourt.

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    Seleye-Fubara, D; Bob-Yellowe, E

    2006-10-01

    Accidents in the oil industry in the Niger delta region of Nigera raise concerns about safety measures and the management of industrial sites. A total of 32 autopsies were performed after coroners' inquest forms were served on the authors by the State, which serve as consent and request. Standard procedures were adopted in all the cases and the reports were appropriately issued. Death from industrial accidents accounted for 2.5% and 6.1% of total autopsies and accidental death autopsies respectively. The youngest victim was a 19 year old male while the oldest was a 55 year old male. The age group 30-39 years was the most vulnerable. There was a male dominance; (male:female ratio = 9.7:1). The commonest accidents in their order of frequency were: falling from a height, explosion/fire, motor vehicle accidents and falling objects. Multiple injuries, head and neck trauma and drowning were the commonest cause of death at autopsy. Accidental deaths were commoner in the small-scale industries (81%) than in the large-scale industries (19%). This is the first time such a study has been carried out locally. The proportion of accidental deaths in the small scale industries relative to that of the large ones may be attributed to the poor enforcement of safety measures in the smaller industries PMID:17191638

  15. Chronic radium intoxication: clinical and autopsy findings in long-term New Jersey survivors

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    After briefly tracing the development of investigations into radium intoxication in the 1920s, the author presents detailed clinical and autopsy findings from each of the 42 people associated with the New Jersey radium industry during the second and third decades of this century who survived their initial occupational exposure to 226Ra and 228Ra for 25 years or longer. Preterminal 226Ra burdens are known for 31 cases. 24 of the 42 had malignant tumors or blood dyscrasias. Female, but not male, life spans were shortened and fertility possibly reduced. These and a variety of additional findings are discussed and deductions suggested. It was not possible to identify dose-response patterns and the study neither confirms nor challenges the current lifetime maximum permissible human 226Ra content of 0.1 ?Ci. Clinical and laboratory data are presented in 52 tables in an appendix

  16. Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis in a carcinoma with unknown primary: An autopsy study

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    Gupta Kirti

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Kidney disease frequently complicates malignancy and its treatment. Although many solid and hematologic cancers may involve the renal parenchyma, clinical sequelae are usually not prominent. Published reports cite membranous nephropathy as the most common malignancy-associated glomerulopathy, occurring with many carcinomas and occasionally with leukemia and lymphoma followed by minimal change disease. Rarely membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN has been reported in patients with malignancy. The mechanism by which malignancy induces disease remains unproved, but may involve deposition of tumor antigen in the subepithelial space with in situ immune complex formation and subsequent complement activation. Treatment of the underlying malignancy may lead to resolution of nephrotic syndrome, lending indirect support to this theory. We report a rare autopsy case of a patient with metastatic carcinoma (with unknown primary associated with MPGN. The association between MPGN and metastatic carcinoma with unknown primary is uncommon and has not been previously reported in the literature.

  17. Sudden Death and Primary Leptomeningeal Melanocytosis: A Case Report With an Autopsy Diagnosis.

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    Aissaoui, Abir; Mosrati, Mohamed Amin; Moussa, Adnen; Belhaj, Meriam; Bougattas, Meriam; Zakhama, Abdelfatteh; Chadly, Ali

    2015-09-01

    Meningeal melanocytoma is a rare benign pigmented tumor. It develops from melanocytes normally present in the meninges of the posterior fossa and medulla. It is an extra-axial tumor that manifests because of compression of adjacent structures. Although classified as a benign tumor, it can cause sudden death by several mechanisms. We report a rare case of meningeal melanocytoma and discuss the mechanism of death. A 21-year-old man with a previous history of recurrent lipothymia was admitted to the emergency department because of generalized seizures. Death occurred despite resuscitation. A medico-legal autopsy was performed. External examination of the body showed nonspecific asphyxia signs without any violence evidence. Necropsy noticed a brain edema with a dark color of the meninges especially in the frontal part. Histological examination concluded to diffuse meningeal melanocytoma with cerebral edema. PMID:26266890

  18. Collecting duct renal cell carcinoma with the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis: An autopsy case report

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    Emi Yasuda

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 57-year-old Japanese man visited our hospital with a moist cough. Chest radiographic imaging showed a left hilar shadow. Adenocarcinoma cells were found on cytologic screening of fresh sputum. Although multiple metastases including brain were detected, no tumor was observed in the kidneys. The patient underwent whole-brain irradiation and chemotherapy for advanced-stage lung cancer. One month before his death, carcinomatous meningitis was detected. Hyponatremia, hypo-osmolality, and hypertonic urine suggested the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis. Restricting water intake improved the hyponatremia; however, he developed fever and hematuria. Despite systemic administration of an antibacterial drug, he died. Primary tumor in the lung was absent, but adenocarcinoma of the right kidney was evident on autopsy. Lectin histochemical analysis of the carcinoma revealed its distal nephron origin, confirming collecting duct carcinoma. Severe carcinomatous meningitis, which is possibly caused the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis, was observed, with no cancer involvement of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.

  19. An autopsy case of peritoneal malignant mesothelioma in a radiation technologist

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    Horie, Akio; Hiraoka, Katsumi; Yamamoto, Osamu; Haratake, Joji; Tsuchiya, Takehiko (University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka (Japan). School of Medicine); Sugimoto, Hidekatsu

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    A case of peritoneal malignant mesothelioma in a radiation technologist, who had worked in this field for 34 years, is reported. Histopathologically, a biopsy specimen from the retroperitoneal tumor revealed a biphasic type of malignant mesothelioma. Electron microscopy disclosed that the tumor cells contained prominent microvilli, basal laminae adjacent to the stroma, junctional complexes, desmosomes, tonofilaments, clusters of glycogen granules, well developed rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), confronting cisternae showing direct continuity with the RER and membrane-bound granules suggestive of secretory activity. No increased amount of asbestos was detected in autopsied lung material or the peritoneal mesothelioma. The estimated cumulative dose of occupational irradiation was calculated to be about 40 to 50 rad at most. Irradiation was discussed in relation to the etiology of the peritoneal mesothelioma. (author).

  20. Proton induced X-ray emission analysis of Pima Indian autopsy tissues

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    Proton particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis has been used to determine the concentrations of K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Rb, Sr, Cd, Cs, and Pb in liver, spleen, aorta, kidney medulla, kidney cortex, abdominal fat, pancreas, and hair taken at autopsy from Southwest Indians, primarily of the Pima tribe. Samples were prepared by a low-temperature ashing procedure which is compared to other preparation methods. Data were analyzed by a computer program, ANALEX. The accuracy is tested with NBS standard reference materials and with flame atomic absorption spectrophotometric results. The precision allowed observation of element concentration differences between replicate, half-gram samples of the same tissue. The differences appeared to arise from tissue inhomogeneities. 5 figures, 4 tables

  1. Proton induced X-ray emission analysis of Pima Indian autopsy tissues

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    Mangelson, N.F.; Hill, M.W.; Neilson, K.K.; Eatough, D.J.; Christensen, J.J.; Izatt, R.M.; Richards, D.O.

    1979-07-01

    Proton particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis has been used to determine the concentrations of K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Rb, Sr, Cd, Cs, and Pb in liver, spleen, aorta, kidney medulla, kidney cortex, abdominal fat, pancreas, and hair taken at autopsy from Southwest Indians, primarily of the Pima tribe. Samples were prepared by a low-temperature ashing procedure which is compared to other preparation methods. Data were analyzed by a computer program, ANALEX. The accuracy is tested with NBS standard reference materials and with flame atomic absorption spectrophotometric results. The precision allowed observation of element concentration differences between replicate, half-gram samples of the same tissue. The differences appeared to arise from tissue inhomogeneities. 5 figures, 4 tables.

  2. Sudden Cardiac Death in Brazil: A Community-Based Autopsy Series (2006-2010

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    Maria Fernanda Braggion-Santos

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sudden cardiac death (SCD is a sudden unexpected event, from a cardiac cause, that occurs in less than one hour after the symptoms onset, in a person without any previous condition that would seem fatal or who was seen without any symptoms 24 hours before found dead. Although it is a relatively frequent event, there are only few reliable data in underdeveloped countries. Objective: We aimed to describe the features of SCD in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (600,000 residents according to Coroners’ Office autopsy reports. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 4501 autopsy reports between 2006 and 2010, to identify cases of SCD. Specific cause of death as well as demographic information, date, location and time of the event, comorbidities and whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR was attempted were collected. Results: We identified 899 cases of SCD (20%; the rate was 30/100000 residents per year. The vast majority of cases of SCD involved a coronary artery disease (CAD (64% and occurred in men (67%, between the 6th and the 7th decades of life. Most events occurred during the morning in the home setting (53.3% and CPR was attempted in almost half of victims (49.7%. The most prevalent comorbidity was systemic hypertension (57.3%. Chagas’ disease was present in 49 cases (5.5%. Conclusion: The majority of victims of SCD were men, in their sixties and seventies and the main cause of death was CAD. Chagas’ disease, an important public health problem in Latin America, was found in about 5.5% of the cases.

  3. Plutonium in autopsy tissue: a revision and updating of data reported in LA-4875

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    Human tissues, obtained at autopsy in several geographical locations in the United States exposed primarily to atmospheric fallout from weapons testing and those from individuals who formerly worked with plutonium, have been analyzedquantitatively for plutonium in a continuing study at the Alamos Scientific Laboratory. This article contains additional data accumulated since publication of LASL report LA-4875, 'Plutonium in Autopsy Tissue', in 1973 and includes some reanalyses of the questionable results included in that report. The primary objectives of the present study are to determine the baseline concentrations of plutonium in the general populations and to monitor for changes that may be related to growth of the nuclear industry; obtain data on the long-range time dependence of fallout plutonium incorporation into the body; determine plutonium distribution in the body from various routes of intake; and provide a means for evaluating the validity of in vivo estimates of plutonium body burdens in occupationally exposed workers. The tissues analyzed include lung, tracheobronchial lymph nodes, liver, bone, kidney, and recently, gonads, thyroid, and spleen. The median concentrations observed in the general population (dis/min per kg of tissue wet weight) are; tracheobronchial lymph node (360), 5.8; liver (701), 1.6; vertebrae (325), 0.6; rib (95); thyroid (184), 0.6; lung (705), 0.4; gonad (264), 0.3; spleen (325), 0.2; and kidney (631), 0.1. The parenthetical numbers indicate the number of samples analyzed. The results of the analyses of tissues from occupationally exposed workers are reported in a subsequent article. (author)

  4. GSK3? Interactions with Amyloid Genes: An Autopsy Verification and Extension.

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    Hohman, Timothy J; Chibnik, Lori; Bush, William S; Jefferson, Angela L; De Jaeger, Phillip L; Thornton-Wells, Tricia A; Bennett, David A; Schneider, Julie A

    2015-10-01

    Glyocogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) plays an important role in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) through the phosphorylation of tau. Recent work has suggested that GSK3? also plays a role in the amyloid pathway of AD through genetic interactions with APP and APBB2 on in vivo measures of amyloid. This project extends the previously identified genotype interactions to an autopsy measure of amyloid, while also testing the same interactions leveraging gene expression data quantified in the prefrontal cortex. 797 participants (251 cognitively normal, 196 mild cognitive impairment, and 350 Alzheimer's disease) were drawn from the Religious Orders Study and Rush Memory and Aging Project. A mean score of amyloid load was calculated across eight brain regions, gene expression levels from frozen sections of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex were quantified using RNA amplification, and expression signals were generated using Beadstudio. Three SNPs previously identified in genetic interactions were genotyped using the Illumina 1M genotyping chip. Covariates included age, sex, education, and diagnosis. We were able to evaluate 2 of the 3 previously identified interactions, of which the interaction between GSK3? (rs334543) and APBB2 (rs2585590) was found in this autopsy sample (p = 0.04). We observed a comparable interaction between GSK3? and APBB2 when comparing the highest tertile of gene expression to the lowest tertile, t(1) = -2.03, p = 0.043. These results provide additional evidence of a genetic interaction between GSK3? and APBB2 and further suggest that GSK3? is involved in the pathophysiology of both of the primary neuropathologies of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:26194614

  5. Situación actual y perspectiva de la autopsia en Cuba Present situation and prospects of autopsy in Cuba

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    José Hurtado de Mendoza Amat

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Se actualiza la situación de la autopsia en Cuba y se contrasta con la de otros países. El propósito de este trabajo es argumentar criterios y propuestas en el intento de lograr que la autopsia sea aprovechada al máximo y brinde todos los beneficios que puede y debe aportar. Se destaca que, a pesar de que el índice de autopsias ha descendido al 53,8 %, en fallecidos hospitalizados es mucho mayor que las de otros países. La aplicación de resultados de la investigación científica y de un Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control en Anatomía Patológica, contribuyeron a mejorar la calidad de la autopsia. Se señala el bajo aprovechamiento de los beneficios que brinda la autopsia. Cuba, puede y debe hacer más para confirmar su supremacía en el trabajo con la autopsia, que es una fortaleza de su Sistema Nacional de Salud. Se exponen las perspectivas que permitiría lograr estos propósitos y el papel fundamental que tienen los patólogos en el intento de alcanzar la máxima eficiencia de la autopsia y su mayor aprovechamiento apoyándose en las reuniones sobre fallecidos y en estrecha relación con el resto de los participantes en el proceso. Conseguir estas metas significa contribuir a alargar y hacer más feliz la vida del hombre.This paper presented an update on the situation of autopsy in Cuba and a comparison with that of other countries. The objective was to substantiate criteria and proposals in an attempt to make a full use of autopsy so that it may provide all the benefits that it can and should contribute to medicine. It was underlined that, despite the decrease in the rate of autopsy to 53.8 %, the rate is much higher than that of other nations as far as hospitalized dead people are concerned. It analyzed the quality of autopsy and how some factors -the implementation of the scientific research results and of an automated system of registration and control in pathological anatomy- supported the rise of quality. There was pointed out the low utilization of the benefits of autopsy in the country. Cuba can and should do a lot more to confirm its supremacy in performing autopsy, which is one of the strengths of the Cuban national health care system. The perspectives that would allow attaining these objectives and the fundamental role of pathologists in achieving the highest efficiency and more utilization, supported on the meetings about the dead persons and in close relation with the rest of the participants in this process, were disclosed. Attainment of these goals means to extend the man's life and to make it happier.

  6. Effects on the estimated cause-specific mortality fraction of providing physician reviewers with different formats of verbal autopsy data

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    Chow Clara

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The process of data collection and the methods used to assign the cause of death vary significantly among different verbal autopsy protocols, but there are few data to describe the consequences of the choices made. The aim of this study was to objectively define the impact of the format of data presented to physician reviewers on the cause-specific mortality fractions defined by a verbal autopsy-based mortality-surveillance system. Methods Verbal autopsies were done by primary health care workers for all deaths between October 2006 and September 2007 in a community in rural Andhra Pradesh, India (total population about 180,162. Each questionnaire had a structured section, composed of a series of check boxes, and a free-text section, in which a narrative description of the events leading to death was recorded. For each death, a physician coder was presented first with one section and then the other in random order with a 20- to 40-day interval between. A cause of death was recorded for each data format at the level of ICD 10 chapter headings or else the death was documented as unclassified. After another 20- to 40-day interval, both the structured and free-text sections of the questionnaire were presented together and an index cause of death was assigned. Results In all, 1,407 verbal autopsies were available for analysis, representing 94% of all deaths recorded in the population that year. An index cause of death was assigned using the combined data for 1,190 with the other 217 remaining unclassified. The observed cause-specific mortality fractions were the same regardless of whether the structured, free-text or combined data sources were used. At the individual level, the assignments made using the structured format matched the index in 1,012 (72% of cases with a kappa statistic of 0.66. For the free-text format, the corresponding figures were 989 (70% and 0.64. Conclusions The format of the verbal autopsy data used to assign a cause of death did not substantively influence the pattern of mortality estimated. Substantially abbreviated and simplified verbal autopsy questionnaires might provide robust information about high-level mortality patterns.

  7. Situación actual y perspectiva de la autopsia en Cuba / Present situation and prospects of autopsy in Cuba

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    José Hurtado, de Mendoza Amat; Teresita de J, Montero González; Ignacio, Ygualada Correa.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Se actualiza la situación de la autopsia en Cuba y se contrasta con la de otros países. El propósito de este trabajo es argumentar criterios y propuestas en el intento de lograr que la autopsia sea aprovechada al máximo y brinde todos los beneficios que puede y debe aportar. Se destaca que, a pesar [...] de que el índice de autopsias ha descendido al 53,8 %, en fallecidos hospitalizados es mucho mayor que las de otros países. La aplicación de resultados de la investigación científica y de un Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control en Anatomía Patológica, contribuyeron a mejorar la calidad de la autopsia. Se señala el bajo aprovechamiento de los beneficios que brinda la autopsia. Cuba, puede y debe hacer más para confirmar su supremacía en el trabajo con la autopsia, que es una fortaleza de su Sistema Nacional de Salud. Se exponen las perspectivas que permitiría lograr estos propósitos y el papel fundamental que tienen los patólogos en el intento de alcanzar la máxima eficiencia de la autopsia y su mayor aprovechamiento apoyándose en las reuniones sobre fallecidos y en estrecha relación con el resto de los participantes en el proceso. Conseguir estas metas significa contribuir a alargar y hacer más feliz la vida del hombre. Abstract in english This paper presented an update on the situation of autopsy in Cuba and a comparison with that of other countries. The objective was to substantiate criteria and proposals in an attempt to make a full use of autopsy so that it may provide all the benefits that it can and should contribute to medicine [...] . It was underlined that, despite the decrease in the rate of autopsy to 53.8 %, the rate is much higher than that of other nations as far as hospitalized dead people are concerned. It analyzed the quality of autopsy and how some factors -the implementation of the scientific research results and of an automated system of registration and control in pathological anatomy- supported the rise of quality. There was pointed out the low utilization of the benefits of autopsy in the country. Cuba can and should do a lot more to confirm its supremacy in performing autopsy, which is one of the strengths of the Cuban national health care system. The perspectives that would allow attaining these objectives and the fundamental role of pathologists in achieving the highest efficiency and more utilization, supported on the meetings about the dead persons and in close relation with the rest of the participants in this process, were disclosed. Attainment of these goals means to extend the man's life and to make it happier.

  8. Current (1986) status of the Japanese follow-up study of the Thorotrast patients, and its relationships to the statistical analysis of the autopsy series

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    Although the Japanese Thorotrast study was limited by the number of cases that could be followed or autopsied, (286 and 333) the following conclusions were made:- 1. Shortening of the lifespan occurred in the intravascular Thorotrast follow-up cases as compared with their controls. 2. The incidence of malignant hepatic tumours, liver cirrhosis, blood diseases and carcinoma of the gall-bladder was significantly higher in the intravascular Thorotrast cases than in their controls. 3. A chronological change occurred in the distribution of histological types of Thorotrast-induced malignant hepatic tumours during the 42-year period from 1945 to 1986. 4. A significantly higher rate of malignant peritoneal tumours was proved in the intravascular Thorotrast autopsy series as compared with the control autopsy series. 5. From the relationship between the follow-up study and the autopsy series, the authors estimated that 2000-3000 Japanese lived more than 3 years after intravascular injection of Thorotrast. (author)

  9. Assessing the quality of evidence for verbal autopsy diagnosis of stroke in Vietnam

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    Sachin Gupta

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    Full Text Available Background: Information on the leading causes of mortality will continue to rely on verbal autopsy (VA in developing countries. The accuracy of VA methods in correctly ascertaining the cause for each individual death is crucial in order to have confidence in the data collected through the procedure. Accuracy of the VA procedure is generally established by carrying out validation studies involving a comparison of the underlying cause of death derived from the VA with a reference underlying cause from medical records. Such validation is only possible in cases for which clinical records are available, and this is clearly not the case for most deaths in developing countries. We attempt to verify the accuracy of VA evidence by reviewing the responses to specific symptom questions and other information recorded in verbal autopsy questionnaires that were assigned cerebrovascular conditions (stroke as causes of death upon physician review in Vietnam. Materials and Methods: A national sample mortality surveillance activity identified deaths and causes of death that had occurred during 2008 in selected communes in 16 provinces distributed across Vietnam. All cases from the northern provinces of Hanoi, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa with ICD codes pertaining to cerebrovascular diseases were identified. A total of 326 VA questionnaires for deaths from cerebrovascular diseases were reviewed and analysed in detail for the presence of symptoms pertaining to stroke. The respondents? narration of the chronological disease history and the hospital diagnosis was also examined with an aim to explore supporting signs for diagnosis and to verify the quality of VA interview. Differences between responses among cases with and without hospital admission were examined using Chi-squared test of statistical significance. Results: Ninty percent of the cases diagnosed as stroke were found to have positive response to the key symptoms; viz., paralysis (in structured question or free text and history of stroke. For the remaining 10% of cases, stroke was assigned as a cause-of-death based on other suggestive cardiac signs and symptoms such as hypertension, unconsciousness, or headache, etc. Community had different perspectives of "paralysis" and "stroke" which might have affected the diagnosis of stroke in some aspects. Respondents of cases with hospital admission or visit were found to have a better recall of disease symptoms than those without hospital admission. Conclusion: The results of this study suggest the possible utility of VA content analysis method to back up the low coverage of conventional validation studies in developing countries owing to nonavailability of medical records. The understanding of the VA content would also form the basis for improvement in the quality of interviews and collection of data to achieve better quality information in future.

  10. Stillbirths and newborn deaths in slum settlements in Mumbai, India: a prospective verbal autopsy study

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Three million babies are stillborn each year and 3.6 million die in the first month of life. In India, early neonatal deaths make up four-fifths of neonatal deaths and infant mortality three-quarters of under-five mortality. Information is scarce on cause-specific perinatal and neonatal mortality in urban settings in low-income countries. We conducted verbal autopsies for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Mumbai slum settlements. Our objectives were to classify deaths according to international cause-specific criteria and to identify major causes of delay in seeking and receiving health care for maternal and newborn health problems. Methods Over two years, 2005–2007, births and newborn deaths in 48 slum areas were identified prospectively by local informants. Verbal autopsies were collected by trained field researchers, cause of death was classified by clinicians, and family narratives were analysed to investigate delays on the pathway to mortality. Results Of 105 stillbirths, 65 were fresh (62% and obstetric complications dominated the cause classification. Of 116 neonatal deaths, 87 were early and the major causes were intrapartum-related (28%, prematurity (23%, and severe infection (22%. Bereavement was associated with socioeconomic quintile, previous stillbirth, and number of antenatal care visits. We identified 201 individual delays in 121/187 birth narratives (65%. Overall, delays in receiving care after arrival at a health facility dominated and were mostly the result of referral from one institution to another. Most delays in seeking care were attributed to a failure to recognise symptoms of complications or their severity. Conclusions In Mumbai’s slum settlements, early neonatal deaths made up 75% of neonatal deaths and intrapartum-related complications were the greatest cause of mortality. Delays were identified in two-thirds of narratives, were predominantly related to the provision of care, and were often attributable to referrals between health providers. There is a need for clear protocols for care and transfer at each level of the health system, and an emphasis on rapid identification of problems and communication between health facilities. Trial registration ISRCTN96256793

  11. Review of Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Brenda L. Waters (Ed.). 4th edition, Humana Press (2009). ISBN: 978-1-58829-841-6

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    Leth, Peter Mygind

    2010-01-01

    This 4th edition of Handbook of Autopsy Practice is a thoroughly updated version. Autopsy practice has undergone significant changes in recent time due to technological advancements such as molecular diagnostics, immunohistochemisty and the introduction of post-mortem imaging techniques. In the same period the autopsy rate in teaching hospitals has declined. A comprehensive and updated version is therefore most welcome. Part I have six completely new chapters, and contain an assortment of tools of great practical value for the forensic pathologist. There is for example a next-of-kin letter for the family of the deceased and a quality assurance worksheet. The text is written in a well-formulated language, and is not too long. The illustrations and photos are of a high quality. All photos are black-and-white. The book covers a broad area of relevance to autopsy practice, including specialized techniques used for post-mortem investigation of the cardio-vascular system, the nervous system and eye and adnexa. Autopsy microbiology, chemistry and chromosome analysis and autopsies of bodies containing radioactive material are also among the topics that are addressed in this handbook, as well as post-mortem imaging techniques. Part II begins with a list of special histologic stains, but the bulk is devoted to an alphabetic listing of major diseases with possible or expected findings and recommended procedures. This part has also been updated with new diseases and recent references. Part III provides a series of tables providing organ weights and body measurements for foetuses, children and adults. The Handbook of Autopsy Practice fulfils its purpose, and is a very worthwhile purchase for any autopsy facility.

  12. A semi-structured interview for psychological autopsy in suicide cases Entrevista semi-estruturada para autópsia psicológica em casos de suicídio

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    Blanca Guevara Werlang; Neury José Botega

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the applicability and the interrater reliability of a Semi-Structured Interview for psychological autopsy in cases of suicide. METHOD: The Semi-Structured Interview for Psychological Autopsy (SSIPA) proposed in this paper consists of four modules which evaluate key-topics associated to suicide. In order to evaluate the instrument's applicability, a sample formed by 42 subjects related to 21 suicide cases was used. The interviews were tape-recorded first and then tran...

  13. Molecular autopsy in sudden cardiac death and its implication for families: discussion of the practical, legal and ethical aspects of the multidisciplinary collaboration

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    Michaud, Katarzyna; Fellmann, Florence; Abriel, Hugues; Beckmann, Jacques S.; Mangin, Patrice; Elger, Bernice Simone

    2009-01-01

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of premature death in young adults and children in developed countries. Standard forensic autopsy procedures are often unsuccessful in determining the cause of SCD. Post-mortem genetic testing, also called molecular autopsy, has revealed that a non-negligible number of these deaths are a result of inherited cardiac diseases, including arrhythmic disorders such as congenital long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. Due to the heritability of these dise...

  14. Alcohol and premature death in Estonian men: a study of forensic autopsies using novel biomarkers and proxy informants

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    Ringmets Inge; Tuusov Jana; Lang Katrin; Väli Marika; Pärna Kersti; Tõnisson Mailis; Helander Anders; McKee Martin; Leon David A

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    Abstract Background Alcohol makes an important contribution to premature mortality in many countries in Eastern Europe, including Estonia. However, the full extent of its impact, and the mechanisms underlying it, are challenging issues to research. We describe the design and initial findings of a study aimed at investigating the association of alcohol with mortality in a large series of forensic autopsies of working-age men in Estonia. Methods 1299 male deaths aged 25-54 years were subject to...

  15. Coma and death in unrecognized wernicke's encephalopathy an autopsy study: estudo necroscópico Coma e morte na encefalopatia de Wernioke

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    Marco Aurélio Lana-peixoto; Eustáquio Claret Dos Santos; José Eymard H. Pittella

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    Eleven out of 36 autopsied cases of Wernicke's encephalopathy had developed coma. None of these patients had the diagnosis during life. There were six men and five women with ages ranging from 36 to 50 years (mean 36.6). Seven of these patients were heavy drinkers, three exhibited signs of severe malnutrition, whereas one was being evaluated for a disseminated gastric cancer and one was in treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum. Two patients were brought to the hospital after found unconscious a...

  16. A comparative study of cranial, blunt trauma fractures as seen at medicolegal autopsy and by Computed Tomography

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computed Tomography (CT has become a widely used supplement to medico legal autopsies at several forensic institutes. Amongst other things, it has proven to be very valuable in visualising fractures of the cranium. Also CT scan data are being used to create head models for biomechanical trauma analysis by Finite Element Analysis. If CT scan data are to be used for creating individual head models for retrograde trauma analysis in the future we need to ascertain how well cranial fractures are captured by CT scan. The purpose of this study was to compare the diagnostic agreement between CT and autopsy regarding cranial fractures and especially the precision with which cranial fractures are recorded. Methods The autopsy fracture diagnosis was compared to the diagnosis of two CT readings (reconstructed with Multiplanar and Maximum Intensity Projection reconstructions by registering the fractures on schematic drawings. The extent of the fractures was quantified by merging 3-dimensional datasets from both the autopsy as input by 3D digitizer tracing and CT scan. Results The results showed a good diagnostic agreement regarding fractures localised in the posterior fossa, while the fracture diagnosis in the medial and anterior fossa was difficult at the first CT scan reading. The fracture diagnosis improved during the second CT scan reading. Thus using two different CT reconstructions improved diagnosis in the medial fossa and at the impact points in the cranial vault. However, fracture diagnosis in the anterior and medial fossa and of hairline fractures in general still remained difficult. Conclusion The study showed that the forensically important fracture systems to a large extent were diagnosed on CT images using Multiplanar and Maximum Intensity Projection reconstructions. Difficulties remained in the minute diagnosis of hairline fractures. These inconsistencies need to be resolved in order to use CT scan data of victims for individual head modelling and trauma analysis.

  17. A comparative study of cranial, blunt trauma fractures as seen at medicolegal autopsy and by Computed Tomography

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    Abstract Background Computed Tomography (CT) has become a widely used supplement to medico legal autopsies at several forensic institutes. Amongst other things, it has proven to be very valuable in visualising fractures of the cranium. Also CT scan data are being used to create head models for biomechanical trauma analysis by Finite Element Analysis. If CT scan data are to be used for creating individual head models for retrograde trauma analysis in the future we need to ascertain how well cr...

  18. The use of simplified verbal autopsy in identifying causes of adult death in a predominantly rural population in Ethiopia

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    Abstract Background Information on adult mortality is essentially non-existent in Ethiopia particularly from rural areas where access to health services is limited and most deaths occur at home. This study was conducted with the aim of identifying causes of adult death in a rural population of Ethiopia using a simplified verbal autopsy instrument. Methods All deaths in the age-group 15–49 years during the period of 1995–99 were taken from computerized demographic surveillance database maintai...

  19. A comparative study of cranial, blunt trauma fractures as seen at medicolegal autopsy and by computed tomography

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    Jacobsen, Christina; Bech, Birthe H; Lynnerup, Niels

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Computed Tomography (CT) has become a widely used supplement to medico legal autopsies at several forensic institutes. Amongst other things, it has proven to be very valuable in visualising fractures of the cranium. Also CT scan data are being used to create head models for biomechanical trauma analysis by Finite Element Analysis. If CT scan data are to be used for creating individual head models for retrograde trauma analysis in the future we need to ascertain how well cranial fract...

  20. Measurement of trends in childhood malaria mortality in Africa: an assessment of progress toward targets based on verbal autopsy.

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    Korenromp, EL; Williams, BG; Gouws, E.; Dye, C.; Snow, RW

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    Reduction of deaths associated with malaria in children is a primary goal of malaria control programmes in Africa, but there has been little discussion about how changes in mortality will be measured. This paper assesses recent historical changes in the contribution of malaria to child survival in Africa by examining data from demographic surveillance systems (DSS) in 25 mainly rural settings. The data were adjusted for the varying sensitivity and specificity of verbal autopsies (VA) in diffe...

  1. Sudden unexpected, unexplained death in epilepsy autopsied patients Morte súbita, inexplicada e inesperada em epilepsia: pacientes autopsiados

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    Sergio A. Antoniuk; Lubomira V. Oliva; Isac Bruck; Mariana Malucelli; Silvia Yabumoto; Jeferson Luis Castellano

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    Sudden unexpected, unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) has been reported to be responsible for 2 to 17% of all deaths in patients with epilepsy. This study was conducted to determine the circumstances of SUDEP and the autopsy findings in these patients. Fifty-three individuals whose cause of death was related to epilepsy were identified and in 30 cases relatives or friends were interviewed about the circumstances of death and other information which allowed to classify the patients as SUDEP...

  2. A comparative study of cranial, blunt trauma fractures as seen at medicolegal autopsy and by Computed Tomography

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    Computed Tomography (CT) has become a widely used supplement to medico legal autopsies at several forensic institutes. Amongst other things, it has proven to be very valuable in visualising fractures of the cranium. Also CT scan data are being used to create head models for biomechanical trauma analysis by Finite Element Analysis. If CT scan data are to be used for creating individual head models for retrograde trauma analysis in the future we need to ascertain how well cranial fractures are captured by CT scan. The purpose of this study was to compare the diagnostic agreement between CT and autopsy regarding cranial fractures and especially the precision with which cranial fractures are recorded. The autopsy fracture diagnosis was compared to the diagnosis of two CT readings (reconstructed with Multiplanar and Maximum Intensity Projection reconstructions) by registering the fractures on schematic drawings. The extent of the fractures was quantified by merging 3-dimensional datasets from both the autopsy as input by 3D digitizer tracing and CT scan. The results showed a good diagnostic agreement regarding fractures localised in the posterior fossa, while the fracture diagnosis in the medial and anterior fossa was difficult at the first CT scan reading. The fracture diagnosis improved during the second CT scan reading. Thus using two different CT reconstructions improved diagnosis in the medial fossa and at the impact points in the cranial vault. However, fracture diagnosis in the anterior and medial fossa and of hairline fractures in general still remained difficult. The study showed that the forensically important fracture systems to a large extent were diagnosed on CT images using Multiplanar and Maximum Intensity Projection reconstructions. Difficulties remained in the minute diagnosis of hairline fractures. These inconsistencies need to be resolved in order to use CT scan data of victims for individual head modelling and trauma analysis

  3. Can post-mortem computed tomography be considered an alternative for autopsy in deaths due to hemopericardium?

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    Gitto, Lorenzo; Serinelli, Serenella; Busardò, Francesco P.; Panebianco, Valeria; Bolino, Giorgio; Maiese, Aniello

    2014-01-01

    Hemopericardium is a common finding at autopsy, but it may represent a challenge for the forensic pathologist when the etiopathological relationship in causing death is requested. Hemopericardium and cardiac tamponade can be evaluated in living people using radiological techniques, in particular computer tomography (CT). Only a few studies are reported in literature involving post-mortem (PM) cases, where PMCT imaging has been used in order to investigate acute hemopericardium, and they have ...

  4. Prevalence rate of thyroid diseases among autopsy cases of the atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima, 1951-1985

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    To examine the radiogenic risk of latent thyroid cancer, thyroid adenoma, colloid/adenomatous goiter and chronic thyroiditis, the date for 3821 subjects collected in the course of autopsies of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima from 1951 to 1985 by the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) were analyzed using a logistic model. About 80% of the autopsies were performed at RERF and the remainder at local hospitals. The frequencies of the above diseases were not associated with whether the underlying cause of death was cancer. However, note that our results may be influenced by potentially biasing factors associated with autopsy selection. The relative frequency of latent thyroid cancer (greatest dimension ?1.5 cm but detectable on a routine microscopic slide of the thyroid gland) increased as the radiation dose increased and was about 1.4-fold greater at 1 Gy than in the 0-Gy dose group. The relative occurrence of thyroid adenoma also increased as radiation dose increased, and was about 1.5-fold greater at 1 Gy than in the 0-Gy dose group. Sex, age at the time of the bombing or period of observation did not significantly modify the radiogenic risks for thyroid adenoma or latent thyroid cancer. No statistically significant association was found between radiation exposure and the rates of colloid/adenomatous goiter and chronic thyroiditis. The possible late effect of atomic bomb radiation on the frequency of benign thyroid diseases is discussed on the basis of these data. 38 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs

  5. Truncus arteriosus communis in a midtrimester fetus: Comparison of prenatal ultrasound and MRI with postmortem MRI and autopsy

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    Different techniques are used in fetal cardiology, and their accuracy has been demonstrated on several occasions. Color Doppler US has proved to be a reliable and valuable tool in the diagnosis of fetal cardiac abnormalities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the fetal heart has, so far, played no role in prenatal diagnostics. We report on a truncus arteriosus communis diagnosed prenatally during a screening ultrasound at 22 weeks of gestation. In addition to real-time ultrasound and color Doppler echocardiography, fetal MRI was performed. Fetal echocardiography arose suspicion of a type I common trunk. Fetal MR showed solely a widened vessel coursing retrocardially and additionally an inhomogeneous fluid distribution of the lung not shown on prenatal US. After termination of pregnancy at 23 weeks of gestation, MR fetography and autopsy were performed, and both found a type II common trunk. MR autopsy of the heart was very reliable in this case and could be an alternative when fetal pathology is not available for different reasons. Postmortem MRI was also able to demonstrate the inhomogeneous fluid distribution in the lung, which was confirmed by autopsy. Fetal and postmortem MR was reliable in the detection of an inhomogeneous fluid distribution in the lung not shown on prenatal US, providing a relevant additional finding to US. Therefore, MRI should be used more often in fetal cardiology, although it still must be further developed. (orig.)

  6. Truncus arteriosus communis in a midtrimester fetus: Comparison of prenatal ultrasound and MRI with postmortem MRI and autopsy

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    Muehler, Matthias R.; Lembcke, Alexander; Fischer, Thomas; Kivelitz, Dietmar [CCM, Department of Radiology, Charite, Berlin (Germany); Rake, Anett; Chaoui, Rabih; Heling, Kay-Sven [CCM, Section for Prenatal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Charite, Berlin (Germany); Schwabe, Michael [CCM, Department of Pathology, Charite, Berlin (Germany); Planke, Christiane [Carl-Thiem-Klinikum Cottbus, Department of Pediatrics and Juvenile Medicine, Cottbus (Germany)

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    Different techniques are used in fetal cardiology, and their accuracy has been demonstrated on several occasions. Color Doppler US has proved to be a reliable and valuable tool in the diagnosis of fetal cardiac abnormalities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the fetal heart has, so far, played no role in prenatal diagnostics. We report on a truncus arteriosus communis diagnosed prenatally during a screening ultrasound at 22 weeks of gestation. In addition to real-time ultrasound and color Doppler echocardiography, fetal MRI was performed. Fetal echocardiography arose suspicion of a type I common trunk. Fetal MR showed solely a widened vessel coursing retrocardially and additionally an inhomogeneous fluid distribution of the lung not shown on prenatal US. After termination of pregnancy at 23 weeks of gestation, MR fetography and autopsy were performed, and both found a type II common trunk. MR autopsy of the heart was very reliable in this case and could be an alternative when fetal pathology is not available for different reasons. Postmortem MRI was also able to demonstrate the inhomogeneous fluid distribution in the lung, which was confirmed by autopsy. Fetal and postmortem MR was reliable in the detection of an inhomogeneous fluid distribution in the lung not shown on prenatal US, providing a relevant additional finding to US. Therefore, MRI should be used more often in fetal cardiology, although it still must be further developed. (orig.)

  7. “Even if I were to consent, my family will never agree”: exploring autopsy services for posthumous occupational lung disease compensation among mineworkers in South Africa

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    Full Text Available Context: In the South African mining sector, cardiorespiratory-specific autopsies are conducted under the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act (ODMWA on deceased mineworkers to determine eligibility for compensation. However, low levels of autopsy utilisation undermine the value of the service. Objective: To explore enablers and barriers to consent that impact on ODMWA autopsy utilisation for posthumous monetary compensation. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with mineworkers, widows and relatives of deceased mineworkers as well as traditional healers and mine occupational health practitioners. Results: A range of socio-cultural barriers to consent for an autopsy was identified. These barriers were largely related to gendered power relations, traditional and religious beliefs, and communication and trust. Understanding these barriers presents opportunities to intervene so as to increase autopsy utilisation. Conclusions: Effective interventions could include engagement with healthy mine-workers and their families and re-evaluating the permanent removal of organs. The study adds to our understanding of utilisation of the autopsy services.

  8. An Autopsy Case of Sudden Death Caused by Cerebral Malaria Infection.

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    Ya?mur, Gülhan; Gürler, A Selçuk; Karayel, Ferah; ?ahin, M Feyzi; Apayd?n, Nedim; Koç, Sermet

    2015-09-01

    Malaria is a lethal protozoan infection which is generally diagnosed antemortem and rarely diagnosed postmortem in a few cases. A fifty five year old, Turkish citizen male has been referred for autopsy. It has been found that he has gone abroad to work a month ago, however, quitted malaria prophylaxis before the intended end and brought into the emergecy department in an unconscious state.Following quinine and clindamycin treatment with the initial diagnosis of cerebral malaria, the case was reported to have died due to his general condition got worsened at the end of the third day of therapy.Histopathological evaluation of postmortem tissues was revealed haphazardly arranged minor bleedings and central vascular necrotic foci in the cerebrum, cerebelum and brain stem; light brown pigment containing cells around vasculature; and pigment containing cells in the spleen and bone marrow. Cerebral malaria has a rapid course and is rare but one of the lethal complications of infections with Plasmodium. Although domestic malaria cases has been decreasing in our country, it should be kept in mind that the malaria infection can be seen in persons travelling abroad to high endemic malarial regions and an appropriate antimalarial prophylaxis should be recommended to those overseas travellers. PMID:26470933

  9. The importance of microbiological testing for establishing cause of death in 42 forensic autopsies.

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    Christoffersen, S

    2015-05-01

    Microorganisms have always been one of the great challenges of humankind, being responsible for both high morbidity and mortality throughout history. In a forensic setting microbiological information will always be difficult to interpret due to lack of antemortem information and changes in flora postmortem. With this study we aim to review the use of microbiological procedures at our forensic institute. In a retrospective study including 42 autopsies performed at our Institute, where microbiological test had been applied, analyses were made with regard to: type of microbiological tests performed, microorganisms found, histological findings, antemortem information, C-reactive protein measurement and cause of death. Fiftyone different microorganisms were found distributed among 37 cases, bacteria being the most abundant. Nineteen of the cases were classified as having a microbiological related cause of death. C-reactive protein levels were raised in 14 cases of the 19 cases, histological findings either supported or were a decisive factor for the classification of microbiologically related cause of death in 14 cases. As a multitude of abundant microorganisms are able to cause infection under the right circumstances, all findings should be compared to anamnestic antemortem information, before conclusions are drawn. A definite list of true pathogens is nearly impossible to compile. PMID:25769131

  10. Hiperinfecção por Strongyloides stercoralis: relato de caso autopsiado Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection: autopsy case report

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    Moema Gonçalves Pinheiro Veloso

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Infecção assintomática por Strongyloides stercoralis pode resultar em doença potencialmente fatal em pacientes imunodeprimidos. Os autores relatam caso de hiperinfecção por Strongyloides stercoralis descoberto à autópsia, enfatizando aspectos clinicopatológicos, em homem de 55 anos, em tratamento para mieloma múltiplo. Apresentava, havia um dia, cefaléia intensa, dor abdominal e oligúria desenvolvendo insuficiência respiratória aguda e choque séptico. Devido à dificuldade no diagnóstico, o tratamento empírico antes do início da terapia imunossupressora pode ser a melhor estratégia para prevenir a hiperinfecção pelo verme.Asymptomatic infection due to Strongyloides stercoralis may result in potentially fatal disease in immunodepressed patients. A case of Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection discovered at autopsy in a 55-year-old man who had been undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma is reported, emphasizing the clinical and pathological findings. One day earlier, he presented severe headache, abdominal pain and oliguria, from which he developed acute respiratory failure and septic shock. Because of difficulty in reaching this diagnosis, empirical treatment before starting immunosuppressive therapy may be the best strategy for preventing hyperinfection by this worm.

  11. Laser radiation at various wavelengths for decompression of intervertebral disk. Experimental observations on human autopsy specimens.

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    Choy, D S; Altman, P A; Case, R B; Trokel, S L

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    The interaction of laser radiation with the nucleus pulposus from autopsy specimens of human intervertebral disks was evaluated at different wavelengths (193 nm, 488 nm & 514 nm, 1064 nm, 1318 nm, 2150 nm, 2940 nm, and 10600 nm). A significant correlation of linear least squares fit of the mass ablated as a function of incident energy was found for all lasers used except the Excimer at 193 nm. The 2940-nm Erbium:YAG laser was most efficient in terms of mass of disk ablated per joule in the limited lower range where this wavelength was observed. At higher energy levels, the CO2 laser in the pulsed mode was most efficient. However, the Nd:YAG 1064-nm and 1318-nm lasers are currently best suited for percutaneous laser disk decompression because of the availability of usable waveguides. Carbonization of tissue with the more penetrating Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser increases the efficiency of tissue ablation and makes it comparable to the Nd:YAG 1318-nm laser. PMID:1904334

  12. Hiperinfecção por Strongyloides stercoralis: relato de caso autopsiado / Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection: autopsy case report

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    Moema Gonçalves Pinheiro, Veloso; Anita Sperandio, Porto; Mário, Moraes.

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    Full Text Available Infecção assintomática por Strongyloides stercoralis pode resultar em doença potencialmente fatal em pacientes imunodeprimidos. Os autores relatam caso de hiperinfecção por Strongyloides stercoralis descoberto à autópsia, enfatizando aspectos clinicopatológicos, em homem de 55 anos, em tratamento pa [...] ra mieloma múltiplo. Apresentava, havia um dia, cefaléia intensa, dor abdominal e oligúria desenvolvendo insuficiência respiratória aguda e choque séptico. Devido à dificuldade no diagnóstico, o tratamento empírico antes do início da terapia imunossupressora pode ser a melhor estratégia para prevenir a hiperinfecção pelo verme. Abstract in english Asymptomatic infection due to Strongyloides stercoralis may result in potentially fatal disease in immunodepressed patients. A case of Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection discovered at autopsy in a 55-year-old man who had been undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma is reported, emphasizing t [...] he clinical and pathological findings. One day earlier, he presented severe headache, abdominal pain and oliguria, from which he developed acute respiratory failure and septic shock. Because of difficulty in reaching this diagnosis, empirical treatment before starting immunosuppressive therapy may be the best strategy for preventing hyperinfection by this worm.

  13. LA AUTOPSIA PSICOLÓGICA COMO INSTRUMENTO DE INVESTIGACIÓN PSYCHOLOGYCAL AUTOPSY AS AN INVESTIGATION TOOL

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    Full Text Available Se define el concepto de autopsia psicológica desde su origen en los años cincuenta en California cuando empezó a utilizarse buscando un acercamiento a la comprensión de las circunstancias que rodearon la muerte de un individuo, investigando retrospectivamente sus características de personalidad y las condiciones que tuvo en vida. Se establecen las características del método y su utilidad en psiquiatría clínica y en psiquiatría forense, siendo relevante su aplicación en psiquiatría forense, siendo relevante su aplicaci ón potencial en el diseño de políticas de promoción de la salud y prevención de suicidio, homicidio o accidentes. Finalmente se resumen algunos resultados obtenidos mediante su aplicación en el Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses de Colombia.From its origins in California, in the fifties, the concept of psychological autopsy is defined. Understand of circunstances around the death of an individual, along with the study of his or her distinctive personality traits and life condition constitute its aim. Method characteristics and its usefulness in clinical forensic psychiatry, and accidents programs in suicide, homicide and accidents are established. Finally, some results in the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic of Colombia are here presented.

  14. Five years audit for presence of toxic agents/drug of abuse at autopsy

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    Objective: To know the frequency of fatal poisoning in Peshawar regarding the toxic agents mostly involved and year wise percentage. To know the age group and the gender that is most vulnerable to fatal poisoning. Results: Poisoning was the cause of death in 1.48% of the total autopsies conducted during the five years. Males were more involved than the females, 90.38%. Suicidal poisoning was present in 17.30% of the total cases and accidental poisoning was found in 80.72% cases, while homicidal cases were 1.29% only. Diacetylmorphine (heroin) was the most commonly involved agent, 65.38%, of the total cases. The incidence of poisoning was more during the third and fourth decades of life. Conclusion: Diacetylmorphine (heroin) was the main causative agent involved in young males due to accidental over-dosage. Accidental and suicidal deaths should not be considered as inevitable. More elaborative studies are required in this area of recent research to adopt appropriate and adequate measures to save precious lives.(author)

  15. Autopsy findings of the first and second filial generations of atomic bomb survivors

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    Autopsy findings of 652 fetuses whose parents or one parent were exposed to the Atomic Bomb (F1) and 115 fetuses which had one or two grandparents exposed (F2) were compared with that of 8570 fetuses whose parents were not exposed (control). The F1 fetuses have been collected since 1963 and F2 fetuses since 1971 voluntarily in Hiroshima. The findings were classified according to the types of delivery and to the distances away from the hypocenter where the parents and grandparents were exposed. Many normal cases in the group of artificial abortions and many malformations and pathological findings in the group of spontaneous abortions were found in both groups of F1 and F2. The malformations were cardiovascular, central nervous and urogenital system, quantitatively in that order, in both groups of F1 and F2. Although there were a few cases of cystic kidney and chondrodystrophy which belong to autosomal dominant and osteogenesis imperfecta which belong to autosomal recessive, these cases were not correlated with the distance. Most cases of malformation which belong to the multifactorial inheritance were found in each organ. No peculiar malformation was found in the groups of F1 and F2. (author)

  16. Pathology of the heart in AIDS. A study of 60 consecutive autopsies.

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    Cardiac disease and cardiac death in AIDS patients is seldom reported. In recent years minor cardiac abnormalities have been demonstrated, especially by echocardiography. Cardiac pathology in AIDS patients is here reported from 60 consecutive autopsies where the heart was investigated either using single samples of ventricular myocardium (the first 21 cases) or by an examination of the whole heart (the last 39 cases). Myocarditis according to the Dallas criteria was seen in 25 of 60 cases (42%), and in seven of these cases a probable pathogen (Toxoplasma gondii, cytomegalovirus, fungi) was demonstrated. Diffuse myocardial fibrosis was seen in 40 of 60 cases (67%) and is considered to be partly due to repair after myocyte necrosis/myocarditis. A myocardium thus weakened might not be able to meet an increase in functional demand, and in 15 of the 39 cases (38%) where an examination of the whole heart was performed, there was dilation and/or hypertrophy of the right ventricle. This is in agreement with our knowledge that the main diseases and main causes of death in AIDS patients are pulmonary. Survival time in AIDS is increasing due to ever improving symptomatic treatment, and the results of this study indicate that the prevalence of especially right-sided heart failure will increase.

  17. Ethyl glucuronide and ethyl sulfate in autopsy samples 27 years after death.

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    Politi, Lucia; Morini, Luca; Mari, Francesco; Groppi, Angelo; Bertol, Elisabetta

    2008-11-01

    The unique case of a 50-year-old known alcoholic whose corpse was exhumed 27 years after death is reported. The man apparently committed suicide by hanging, but many years later the case was questioned and homicide-linked to a long-lasting serial killer case-was suspected. Thus, the corpse was exhumed, and at the autopsy it was found to be naturally mummified. This fact permitted the analysis of body tissues with the aim to investigate the persistence of ethanol conjugates in the biological material 27 years after death. Fragments of liver and kidney, a blood clot, and a hair strand were collected and submitted to liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry analysis. Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl sulfate (EtS) were identified and quantified in the liver, the kidney, and the blood clot. Hair analysis was found to be severely affected by ion suppression even after solid phase extraction. Consequently, EtG was identified in all hair segments (0-3 cm, 3-6 cm, and 6-10 cm), but no reliable quantification could be carried out. In summary, our findings demonstrate that, notwithstanding the expected conjugate degradation, EtG and EtS can be indicative of ante-mortem use of alcohol even many years after death. PMID:18661140

  18. Psychological Autopsy and Necropsy of an Unusual Case of Suicide by Intravenous Toluene

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    Kulkarni, Ranganath R.; Hemanth Kumar, RG; Kulkarni, Pratibha R.; Kotabagi, Raghavendra B.

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    Toluene (methylbenzene; volatile hydrocarbon) is an industrial solvent that causes major injury to the lungs; the organ being the first capillary bed encountered. We report an unusual case of suicide by a 24-year-old male, paramedical professional, with fatal outcome within 16 h of intentional, intravenous self-administration of toluene, with clinical presentation of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Psychological autopsy revealed severe depressive disorder and solvent (inhalant) abuse, with marital disharmony as the precipitating stressor for suicide. Necropsy revealed diffuse congestion of internal organs like lungs and liver, epicardial petechial hemorrhages, and gastric hemorrhages. Treatment of toluene poisoning includes supportive care as no specific antidote is available. Early and aggressive management may be conducive to a favorable outcome with minimal residual pulmonary sequelae. Relevant literature of toluene poisoning was identified via PubMed, PubChem, ToxNet, Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Embase, and PsycINFO. To our knowledge, this is the first case of suicide by intravenous administration of toluene in the literature. PMID:25969615

  19. The importance of microbiological testing for establishing cause of death in 42 forensic autopsies

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    Christoffersen, SØren

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms have always been one of the great challenges of humankind, being responsible for both high morbidity and mortality throughout history. In a forensic setting microbiological information will always be difficult to interpret due to lack of antemortem information and changes in flora postmortem. With this study we aim to review the use of microbiological procedures at our forensic institute. In a retrospective study including 42 autopsies performed at our Institute, where microbiological test had been applied, analyses were made with regard to: type of microbiological tests performed, microorganisms found, histological findings, antemortem information, C-reactive protein measurement and cause of death. Fiftyone different microorganisms were found distributed among 37 cases, bacteria being the most abundant. Nineteen of the cases were classified as having a microbiological related cause of death. C-reactive protein levels were raised in 14 cases of the 19 cases, histological findings either supported or were a decisive factor for the classification of microbiologically related cause of death in 14 cases. As a multitude of abundant microorganisms are able to cause infection under the right circumstances, all findings should be compared to anamnestic antemortem information, before conclusions are drawn. A definite list of true pathogens is nearly impossible to compile.

  20. Cerebromeningeal hemorrhage: analysis of autopsies performed over a 10-year period

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    Full Text Available A study was conducted on the medical records of 353 patients who died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH and who were submitted to autopsy over the last 10 years. SAH was associated with arterial hypertension in 180 (51% cases, with ruptured aneurysms in 102 (28.9%, and with other pathologies in 71 (20.1%. The patients with hemorrhage associated with arterial hypertension were mostly males, and those with hemorrhage due to aneurysms were mostly females. Of the patients with aneurysms, 36 (35.3% had aneurysms in the anterior communicating artery, 30 (29.4% in the internal carotid artery, and 23 (22.6% in the middle cerebral artery. Among the patients with aneurysms who suffered rebleeding and vasospasm, 59.1% and 61.5%, respectively, were classified as grade I and II upon admission, and all evolved toward grade IV after these complications, Vasospasm predominated from the 3rd to the 10th day after hemorrhage, and rebleedine from the 9 to 16th day and both were most frequent among patients with aneurysms of the anterior communicant artery. Sixty eight percent of the patients with aneurysms died during the first 9 days after hemorrhage. Because of our conduct was to operate systematically late, a considerable number of patients lost the oportunity to be treated surgically with possible favorable evolution due to vasospasm or rebleeding.

  1. Statistical analysis on main cause of death among atomic bomb survivors. Study of autopsy cases

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    Hamada, Tadao; Kuramoto, Kiyoshi

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    The purpose of this report is to present the patho-statistical analysis in 2306 autopsied patients (1237 exposed patients and 1069 non-exposed patients), focusing on the difference in the main cause of death between the exposed and non-exposed groups. The most common cause of death was malignancy in both exposed and non-exposed groups. The incidence of cardiovascular, respiratory tract, and hematologic diseases was higher in the exposed group than the non-exposed group. The incidence of various types of malignancy varied in the following order: lung cancer > stomach cancer > leukemia > liver cancer in patients exposed at less than or equal to 2,000 m from ground zero; stomach cancer > lung cancer > liver cancer > leukemia in those exposed at > 2,000 m or who were not in city; and liver cancer > stomach cancer > lung cancer > leukemia in non-exposed patients. Cancers of the lung and stomach were more frequently observed in the exposed group than the non-exposed group. The incidence of stomach cancer tended to increase with aging in the exposed group, as opposed to that of leukemia, although still observed in younger patients, decreasing with time. Older women tended to have liver cancer more frequently in the exposed group than the non-exposed group; however, this tendency was not seen in men. (Namekawa, K.).

  2. Molecular autopsy in young sudden cardiac death victims with suspected cardiomyopathy

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    Larsen, Maiken Kudahl; Nissen, P H

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this investigation was to identify and characterise pathogenic mutations in a sudden cardiac death (SCD) cohort suspected of cardiomyopathy in persons aged 0-40 years. The study material for the genetic screening of cardiomyopathies consisted of 41 cases and was selected from the case database at the Institute of Forensic Medicine. Mutational screening by DNA sequencing was performed to detect mutations in DNA samples from deceased persons suspected of suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC). A total of 9 of the examined 41 cases had a rare sequence variant in the MYBPC3, MYH7, LMNA, PKP2 or TMEM43 genes, of which 4 cases (9.8%) were presumed to be pathogenic mutations. The presumed pathogenic mutations were distributed with one case of suspected HCM and DCM (MYH7; p.R442H), one case of suspected DCM (LMNA; p.R471H), and two cases of suspected ARVC (PKP2; p.R79X and LMNA; p.R644C). The presented data adds important information on the genetic elements of SCD in the young, and calls for expert pathological evaluation and molecular autopsy in the post-mortem examination of SCD victims with structural anomalies of the heart.

  3. Classic form of hypoplastic left heart syndrome diagnosed post-natally: an autopsy report

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    Cristiane Rúbia Ferreira

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS is a congenital heart disease, which, despite the current improved knowledge about its management and surgical treatment, is still associated with high mortality, especially in the early neonatal period and before the second stage of reconstruction surgery. The low rate of prenatal diagnosis and delayed diagnostic suspicion results in unsuccessful therapeutic intervention, even though the real impact of early diagnosis and intervention on mortality and quality of life of patients is still uncertain. Fortunately, this syndrome of challenging treatment is not that frequent. It involves a spectrum of obstructions to the blood flow within the left heart and is characterized by an inappropriate size of the left ventricle associated with a wide variety of valvular dysfunctions. Treatment ranges from heart transplantation to palliative surgical procedures. The authors describe a case of a newborn with HLHS, whose diagnosis was made after birth because of early respiratory failure. Despite the use of prostaglandin the newborn died. An autopsy was performed and the anatomical findings were described.

  4. Pathological and radiological correlation in an autopsy case of combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema

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    Full Text Available Hiroki Karata,1 Tomonori Tanaka,1 Ryoko Egashira,2 Kazuhiro Tabata,1 Kyoko Otani,3 Ryuji Hayashi,4 Takashi Hori,5 Junya Fukuoka1 1Department of Pathology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan; 2Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, Saga, Japan; 3Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan; 4Department of Internal Medicine, University of Toyama, Faculty of Medicine, Toyama, Japan; 5Laboratory of Pathology, Toyama University Hospital, Toyama, Japan Abstract: We report an educational autopsy case of combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. Radiological patterns of the upper lung were considered as mostly emphysema, but pathological observation revealed significant interstitial fibrosis of usual interstitial pneumonia as a major pathology. The patient eventually developed acute exacerbation of background interstitial pneumonia. Careful radiological and pathological correlation of the current case indicates that regions with distal acinar emphysema on computed tomography image may possess histologically marked dense fibrosis of lethal interstitial pneumonia. Keywords: interstitial pneumonia, CPFE, AEF, smoking, CT

  5. A hospital based autopsy study of 50 cases at combined military hospital (cmh), sialkot

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    To analyze the pattern of deaths on autopsy carried out on Armed Forces personnel in CMH Sialkot. Study Design: Retrospective analytical study Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital Sialkot (CMH), from 2009 to 2012 Materials and Methods: In a total of fifty (50) cases detailed postmortems were carried out and gross features on external examination and different systemic examinations were recorded. Histopathology of various organs was done in all cases. Chemical and toxicological examination of various abdominal viscera was carried out in all sudden and suspicious deaths. Results: Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) was most common cause of death (38%) followed by road traffic accidents (14%) and electrocution (8%). Sudden adult death syndrome accounted for 4 cases of deaths. Other causes were drowning, cerebral malaria, heat stroke, gunshot wounds, myocarditis, brain hemorrhage, meningitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. Most of these cases were young soldiers (n=30) followed by Non-Commissioned Officers (n=17). Conclusion: A large number of our young soldiers dying of heart problems is an alarming situation. Awareness among the troops of various risk factors is most important. Precautionary measures against preventable causes should be taken. (author)

  6. Statistical studies on heart disease of the pathological autopsy cases in the Atomic Bomb Hospital

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    Of 1230 autopsied cases in the Atomic Bomb Hospital and in the Red-Cross Hospital from 1956 to March, 1975, a statistical study was made on 118 cases in which primary or secondary heart disease had been found. The results are as follows. The incidence of myocardial infarction was 2.4 times higher in the group exposed to the atomic bomb within 2 km distance from the bombed area than that it was in the unexposed group. The incidence of acquired valvular disease was 4.1 times higher in the exposed group than in the unexposed group. From the standpoint of the incidence of myocardiosis, there was no difference between the groups. The incidence of pericarditis was 1.5 times higher in the exposed group than in the unexposed group. The incidence of cor pulmonale was 1.8 times higher in the exposed group than in the unexposed group. The incidence of other heart disease including congenital disease was, however, 1.6 times higher in the unexposed group than in the exposed group. The incidence of general heart disease was 1.7 times higher in the exposed group than in the unexposed group. The incidence of hypertrophy of the heart (more than 400 g) was 1.2 times higher in the exposed group than in the unexposed group. (Namekawa, K.)

  7. Statistical analysis of a LASL study of plutonium in US autopsy tissue

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    The Autopsy Tissue Program was begun in 1960. To date, tissues on 900 or more persons in 7 geographic regions have been collected and analyzed for plutonium content. The tissues generally consist of lung, liver, kidney, lymph, bone, and gonadal tissues for each individual. The original objective of the program was to determine the level of plutonium in human tissues due solely to fallout from weapons testing. The baseline thus established was to be used to evaluate future changes. From the first, this program was beset with chemical and statistical difficulties. Many factors whose effects were not recognized and not planned for were found later to be important. Privacy and ethical considerations hindered the gathering of adequate data. Since the chemists were looking for amounts of plutonium very close to background, possible contamination was a very real problem. Widely used chemical techniques introduced a host of statistical problems. The difficulties encountered touch on areas common to large data sets, unusual outlier detection methods minimum detection limits, problems with aliquot sizes, and time-trends in the data. The conclusions point out areas to which the biologists will have to devote much more careful attention than was believed

  8. Measurement of asbestos bodies in lung tissue of autopsy cases diagnosed with primary lung cancer

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    To investigate the relation between asbestos-related lung cancer and the concentration of asbestos bodies in lung tissue, we analyzed the concentration in 24 autopsy cases diagnosed with primary lung cancer, with regard to the gender, age, histological type of lung cancer and occupation of each case. The asbestos bodies were measured according to Kohyama's method. Positive cases (more than 5,000 bodies per 1 g of dry lung tissue) were further analyzed for asbestosis and pleural plaques by chest X-ray and chest CT. Two cases exhibited more than 5,000 bodies, five cases between 1,000 and 5,000, and seventeen cases less than 1,000. The occupation of the two positive cases was not informative: one demonstrated neither asbestosis nor pleural plaques, and the other showed only pleural plaques. Although the number of cases of asbestos-related lung cancer is minimal among all lung cancer cases, the number of the former may exceed that of mesothelioma patients. Not only physicians but also radiologists, surgeons and pathologists need to collaborate in the diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer. (author)

  9. Medical neglect death due to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: an autopsy case report.

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    Usumoto, Yosuke; Sameshima, Naomi; Tsuji, Akiko; Kudo, Keiko; Nishida, Naoki; Ikeda, Noriaki

    2014-12-01

    We report the case of 2-year-old girl who died of precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children. She had no remarkable medical history. She was transferred to a hospital because of respiratory distress and died 4 hours after arrival. Two weeks before death, she had a fever of 39 degrees C, which subsided after the administration of a naturopathic herbal remedy. She developed jaundice 1 week before death, and her condition worsened on the day of death. Laboratory test results on admission showed a markedly elevated white blood cell count. Accordingly, the cause of death was suspected to be acute leukaemia. Forensic autopsy revealed the cause of death to be precursor B-cell ALL. With advancements in medical technology, the 5-year survival rate of children with ALL is nearly 90%. However, in this case, the deceased's parents preferred complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., naturopathy) to evidence-based medicine and had not taken her to a hospital for a medical check-up or immunisation since she was an infant. Thus, if she had received routine medical care, she would have a more than 60% chance of being alive 5 years after diagnosis. Therefore, we conclude that the parents should be accused of medical neglect regardless of their motives. PMID:25895240

  10. A study on double cancer of the atomic-bomb survivors in Nagasaki, by autopsy cases

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    Double cancer was observed in 49 of the 1,998 autopsy cases in Nagasaki Atomic-bomb Memorial Hospital for the past 25 years. It was the most frequent in atomic-bomb exposed groups in their sixties and seventies and in non-exposed group in their fifties and sixties. Males were more common than females with the ratio of 2 to 1 in the non-exposed group, while in exposed groups the ratio was 1 (males) to 2 (females). The frequency of malignant tumors was 3.1% in the non-exposed group, 4.6% in the exposed group over 2 km, and 6.7% in the exposed group within 2 km. Double cancer consisted mostly of epithelial tumors. Gastric cancer was the most frequent in both main and second primary cancer (18 cases). The incidence of latent thyroid cancer and prostatic cancer was also relatively high. Gastric cancer observed in many cases was Borrmann's II or III type. The incidence of poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma tended to be high as the histological type of gastric cancer in exposed groups. (Namekawa, K.)

  11. Development of novel software to generate anthropometric norms at perinatal autopsy.

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    Cain, Matthew D; Siebert, Joseph R; Iriabho, Egiebade; Gruneberg, Alexander; Almeida, Jonas S; Faye-Petersen, Ona Marie

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    Fetal and infant autopsy yields information regarding cause of death and the risk of recurrence, and it provides closure for parents. A significant number of perinatal evaluations are performed by general practice pathologists or trainees, who often find them time-consuming and/or intimidating. We sought to create a program that would enable pathologists to conduct these examinations with greater ease and to produce reliable, informative reports. We developed software that automatically generates a set of expected anthropometric and organ weight ranges by gestational age (GA)/postnatal age (PA) and a correlative table with the GA/PA that best matches the observed anthropometry. The program highlights measurement and organ weight discrepancies, enabling users to identify abnormalities. Furthermore, a Web page provides options for exporting and saving the data. Pathology residents utilized the program to determine ease of usage and benefits. The average time using conventional methods (ie, reference books and Internet sites) was compared to the average time using our Web page. Average time for novice and experienced residents using conventional methods was 26.7 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively. Using the Web page program, these times were reduced to an average of 3.2 minutes (P usage by both university and private practice groups is in progress. PMID:25634794

  12. Analysis of the scalp of women with AIDS subjected to autopsy: epithelial, follicular, and immunologic aspects.

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    Faria, Humberto Aparecido; Farnese, Mauricio; Rocha, Laura Penna; Olegário, Janaínna Grazielle Pacheco; Cavellani, Camila Lourencini; de Oliveira Guimarães, Camila Souza; dos Reis, Marlene Antônia; Miranda Corrêa, Rosana Rosa

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    Hair keeps the scalp warmer and slightly moister than the rest of the skin, which contributes to a favorable environment for mycotic, bacterial, and parasitic infections. It is well established that AIDS makes the patient more susceptible to opportunistic infections and cutaneous manifestations. Because of this, the aim of this study was to analyze scalp fragments of autopsied women with AIDS. Twenty-eight scalp samples of women aged between 18 and 46 years were observed. These women were divided into 2 groups: with AIDS (n = 14) and without AIDS (n = 14). We conducted histochemical (hematoxylin-eosin, Picrosirius, and Verhoeff), morphometric (Image J; National Institutes of Health, Hamilton, ON, Canada and KS-300 Kontron-Zeiss; Kontron Elektronik, Carl-Zeiss, Germany), and immunohistochemical (S-100) analyses of the scalp. In patients with AIDS, epithelial thickness, number of epithelial cell layers, number of immature Langerhans cells in the epidermis, and percentages of elastic fibers in the dermis were significantly lower, whereas telogen hair follicles were significantly higher. The percentage of collagen fibers in the dermis and the diameter of the epithelial cells were smaller in patients with AIDS, without significant difference. AIDS possibly causes immunologic and morphologic alterations in the scalp. This study may establish parameters for better clinical and morphologic diagnostic in patients with AIDS. PMID:22921727

  13. Relationship of red splenic arteriolar hyaline with rapid death: a clinicopathological study of 82 autopsy cases

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    Kotani Hirokazu

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Little is known about the relationship between splenic arteriolar hyaline and cause of death. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the clinicopathological significance of splenic arteriolar hyaline in autopsy cases and estimate the applicability of hyaline for diagnosing the cause and rapidity of death. Methods Archival data and histological slides from 82 cases were reviewed retrospectively. One section of each spleen was evaluated microscopically. The tinctorial pattern of splenic arteriolar hyaline was examined with Heidenhain’s Azan trichrome stain, and the relationships between this pattern and age, cause of death, and rapidity of death were investigated. Results Fifty-four cases demonstrated hyaline change, with 3 different tinctorial patterns: red, blue, and a combination of red and blue. The 3 patterns coexisted in various proportions in each tissue section. Frequency of the blue pattern increased with age (P?P? Conclusions Estimation of splenic arteriolar hyaline with Heidenhain’s Azan trichrome stain is useful for assessment of the cause and rapidity of death. Virtual slides The virtual slide(s for this article can be found here: http://www.diagnosticpathology.diagnomx.eu/vs/1132441651796836

  14. Validity of verbal autopsy for ascertaining the causes of stillbirth / Validité de l'autopsie verbale dans la détermination des causes de mortinaissance / Validez de las investigaciones verbales para determinar las causas de la mortinatalidad

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    Arun K, Aggarwal; Vanita, Jain; Rajesh, Kumar.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Validar las entrevistas verbales a parientes y allegados para determinar las causas de la mortinatalidad que utiliza la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), empleando el diagnóstico hospitalario de las causas subyacentes a la mortinatalidad («criterio de referencia») y comparar la propo [...] rción de mortinatos atribuidos a determinadas causas específicas, a través de la valoración del hospital, en comparación con los resultados de las investigaciones verbales. MÉTODOS: Realizamos un estudio prospectivo de todos los mortinatos que nacieron en un hospital de Chandigarh (India) entre el 15 de abril de 2006 y el 31 de marzo de 2008 y cuya causa de defunción se diagnosticó dentro de un plazo de 2 días. Todas las madres debían encontrarse como mínimo en la semana 24 de gestación y vivir dentro de un radio de 100 km del hospital. Para las entrevistas verbales, los trabajadores en el terreno visitaron a las madres entre las 4 y las 6 semanas posteriores a la mortinatalidad. Dos obstetras independientes revisaron los resultados de las autopsias y, en caso de desacuerdo, se solicitó la participación de un tercer experto. Se comparó la frecuencia de las causas de la mortinatalidad, según lo establecido por la valoración hospitalaria y por las investigaciones verbales. RESULTADOS: Tanto la valoración hospitalaria como la entrevista verbal coincidieron en cuáles eran las cinco causas de mortinatalidad más frecuentes: preeclampsia (30%), hemorragia prenatal (16%), enfermedad subyacente de la madre (12%), malformaciones congénitas (12%) y complicaciones obstétricas (10%). La precisión general del diagnóstico mediante investigación verbal, en comparación con el diagnóstico basado en la información hospitalaria para las cinco causas más frecuentes de mortinatalidad, fue del 64%. Las áreas bajo la curva de eficacia diagnóstica (ROC) fueron: para las malformaciones congénitas, 0,91 (intervalo de confianza del 95%, IC: 0,83-0,97); enfermedad pre-gestacional de la madre, 0,75 (95%, IC: 0,65-0,84); preeclampsia, 0,76 (95%, IC: 0,69-0,81); hemorragia prenatal, 0,76 (95%, IC: 0,67-0,84) y complicaciones obstétricas, 0,82 (95%, CI: 0,71-0,93). CONCLUSION: La herramienta de investigación verbal de la mortinatalidad que emplea la OMS puede ofrecer unas estimaciones razonablemente aceptables de las causas subyacentes más frecuentes a la mortinatalidad en los ámbitos con recursos limitados, en los que la causa de mortinatalidad pueda no estar certificada por un médico. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To validate the verbal autopsy tool for stillbirths of the World Health Organization (WHO) by using hospital diagnosis of the underlying cause of stillbirth (the gold standard) and to compare the fraction of stillbirths attributed to various specific causes through hospital assessment ver [...] sus verbal autopsy. METHODS: In a hospital in Chandigarh, we prospectively studied all stillbirths occurring from 15 April 2006 to 31 March 2008 whose cause was diagnosed within 2 days. All mothers had to be at least 24 weeks pregnant and live within 100 km of the hospital. For verbal autopsy, field workers visited mothers 4 to 6 weeks after the stillbirth. Autopsy results were reviewed by two independent obstetricians and disagreements were resolved by engaging a third expert. Causes of stillbirths as determined by hospital assessment and verbal autopsy were compared in frequency. FINDINGS: Hospital assessment and verbal autopsy yielded the same top five underlying causes of stillbirth: pregnancy-induced hypertension (30%), antepartum haemorrhage (16%), underlying maternal illness (12%), congenital malformations (12%) and obstetric complications (10%). Overall diagnostic accuracy of verbal autopsy diagnosis versus hospital-based diagnosis for all five top causes of stillbirth was 64%. The areas under the receiver operator characteristic curve (ROC) were, for congenital malformations, 0.91 (95% confidence interval, CI: 0.83-0.97); pre-gestational maternal illness, 0.75 (95% CI: 0.65-0.84);

  15. Alcohol and premature death in Estonian men: a study of forensic autopsies using novel biomarkers and proxy informants

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Alcohol makes an important contribution to premature mortality in many countries in Eastern Europe, including Estonia. However, the full extent of its impact, and the mechanisms underlying it, are challenging issues to research. We describe the design and initial findings of a study aimed at investigating the association of alcohol with mortality in a large series of forensic autopsies of working-age men in Estonia. Methods 1299 male deaths aged 25-54 years were subject to forensic autopsy in 2008-2009. The routine autopsy protocol was augmented by a more systematic inspection of organs, drug testing, assay of liver enzymes and novel biomarkers of alcohol consumption (EtG, EtS and PEth, together with proxy interviews with next of kin for deaths among men who lived in or close to a major town. Results 595 augmented autopsies were performed. Of these, 66% were from external causes (26% suicide, 25% poisoning. 17% were attributed to circulatory system diseases and 7% to alcoholic liver disease. Blood alcohol concentrations (BAC of ? 0.2 mg/g were found for 55% of deaths. Interviews were conducted with proxy informants for 61% of the subjects who had resided in towns. Of these, 28% were reported in the previous year to have been daily or almost daily drinkers and 10% had drunk non-beverage alcohols. Blood ethanol and the liver enzyme GGT were only associated with daily drinking. However, the novel biomarkers showed a more graded response with recent consumption. In contrast, the liver enzymes AST and ALT were largely uninformative because of post-mortem changes. The presence of extremely high PEth concentrations in some samples also suggested post-mortem formation. Conclusion We have shown the feasibility of deploying an extended research protocol within the setting of routine forensic autopsies that offer scope to deepen our understanding of the alcohol-related burden of premature mortality. The most unique feature of the study is the information on a wide range of informative alcohol biomarkers, several of which have not been used previously in this sort of post-mortem research study. We have demonstrated, for the first time, the epidemiological value and validity of these novel alcohol biomarkers in post-mortem samples.

  16. Morphological changes in the digestive system of 93 human immunodeficiency virus positive patients: an autopsy study Alterações morfológicas no sistema digestivo de 93 pacientes infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana: um estudo de autopsias

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    Lucinda Calheiros Guimarães; Ana Cristina Araujo Lemos Silva; Adilha Misson Rua Micheletti; Everton Nunes Melo Moura; Mario Leon de Silva-Vergara; Sheila Jorge Adad

    2012-01-01

    Involvement of the digestive system in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is frequent and many changes in these patients are diagnosed only at autopsy. There are few studies of autopsy with detailed analysis of this system and only one was conducted in Brazil. We evaluated each segment of the digestive system in 93 consecutive autopsies of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the importance of these lesions to death. Of these, 90 (96.8%) patients ...

  17. Plaque in superficial femoral arteries indicates generalized atherosclerosis and vulnerability to coronary death : an autopsy study

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    Dalager, SØren; Falk, Erling

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Risk factors for atherosclerosis have limited ability to identify persons at high risk of coronary heart disease. Assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis in peripheral arteries might improve this limitation. We studied the relationship between atherosclerotic plaques in peripheral arteries, coronary plaques, and coronary death. METHODS: Predefined segments from the left anterior descending coronary artery, the right coronary artery, bilateral carotid, and superficial femoral arteries (SFA) were obtained from 100 autopsies (20-82 years, 30 females, 27 coronary deaths). Based on microscopic examination of 4756 sections, the extension of atherosclerosis (plaque burden) and the largest plaque area in each segment were quantified. RESULTS: Plaque burden in all arteries increased with age and was larger in coronary death (P < .05). SFA plaques occurred later than coronary and carotid plaques. When SFA plaque had developed, coronary plaque was also present. SFA plaque (odds ratio, 95% confidence interval: 7.07 [2.40-20.81]), but not carotid plaque, was significantly associated with coronary death, also after age and gender adjustment (21.25 [5.02-89.97]). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curves for the identification of coronary death individuals was 0.72 (95% confidence interval: 0.62-0.83) for coronary plaque, and 0.80 (0.72-0.89) for SFA plaque (age and gender adjusted). CONCLUSIONS: Atherosclerosis develops slower in SFA compared with coronary and carotid arteries. In persons with plaque in the SFA, plaque is always present in the coronary arteries. In younger persons, the presence of SFA plaque indicates a generalized susceptibility to atherosclerosis and vulnerability to coronary death.

  18. Fatal alcohol intoxication in women: A forensic autopsy study from Slovakia

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    Straka Lubomir

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Plenty of information related to alcoholism can be found in the literature, however, the studies have mostly dealt with the predominance of male alcoholism and data related to addiction in women are desperately scarce and difficult to find. Basic demographic data focusing on the impact of acute alcohol intoxication on the circumstances of death and social behaviour in the alcohol addicted female population are needed especially in the prevention of alcohol related mortality. Methods A retrospective forensic autopsy study of all accidental deaths due to alcohol intoxication over a 12-year period was performed in order to evaluate the locations, circumstances, mechanisms and causes of death. Results A sample of 171 cases of intoxicated women who died due to blood alcohol concentration (BAC equal to or higher than 2 g/kg was selected. Among them 36.26% (62/171 of women died due to acute alcohol intoxication (AAI. We noted an increase in the number of deaths in women due to AAI from 2 in 1994 up to 5 in 2005 (an elevation of 150% between the years 1994-2005. The age structure of deaths in women due to BAC and AAI followed the Gaussian distribution with a dominant group of women aged 41-50 years (45.16% and 35.09% respectively. The most frequent place of death (98% among women intoxicated by alcohol was their own home. The study suggests a close connection between AAI and violence against women. Conclusions The increasing number of cases of death of women suffering from AAI has drawn attention to the serious problem of alcoholism in women in the Slovak Republic during the process of integration into "western" lifestyle and culture.

  19. Developing a Social Autopsy Tool for Dengue Mortality: A Pilot Study

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    Arauz, María José; Ridde, Valéry; Hernández, Libia Milena; Charris, Yaneth; Carabali, Mabel; Villar, Luis Ángel

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    Background Dengue fever is a public health problem in the tropical and sub-tropical world. Dengue cases have grown dramatically in recent years as well as dengue mortality. Colombia has experienced periodic dengue outbreaks with numerous dengue related-deaths, where the Santander department has been particularly affected. Although social determinants of health (SDH) shape health outcomes, including mortality, it is not yet understood how these affect dengue mortality. The aim of this pilot study was to develop and pre-test a social autopsy (SA) tool for dengue mortality. Methods and Findings The tool was developed and pre-tested in three steps. First, dengue fatal cases and ‘near misses’ (those who recovered from dengue complications) definitions were elaborated. Second, a conceptual framework on determinants of dengue mortality was developed to guide the construction of the tool. Lastly, the tool was designed and pre-tested among three relatives of fatal cases and six near misses in 2013 in the metropolitan zone of Bucaramanga. The tool turned out to be practical in the context of dengue mortality in Colombia after some modifications. The tool aims to study the social, individual, and health systems determinants of dengue mortality. The tool is focused on studying the socioeconomic position and the intermediary SDH rather than the socioeconomic and political context. Conclusions The SA tool is based on the scientific literature, a validated conceptual framework, researchers’ and health professionals’ expertise, and a pilot study. It is the first time that a SA tool has been created for the dengue mortality context. Our work furthers the study on SDH and how these are applied to neglected tropical diseases, like dengue. This tool could be integrated in surveillance systems to provide complementary information on the modifiable and avoidable death-related factors and therefore, be able to formulate interventions for dengue mortality reduction. PMID:25658485

  20. Revising the WHO verbal autopsy instrument to facilitate routine cause-of-death monitoring

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    Leitao, Jordana; Chandramohan, Daniel; Byass, Peter; Jakob, Robert; Bundhamcharoen, Kanitta; Choprapawon, Chanpen; de Savigny, Don; Fottrell, Edward; França, Elizabeth; Frøen, Frederik; Gewaifel, Gihan; Hodgson, Abraham; Hounton, Sennen; Kahn, Kathleen; Krishnan, Anand; Kumar, Vishwajeet; Masanja, Honorati; Nichols, Erin; Notzon, Francis; Rasooly, Mohammad Hafiz; Sankoh, Osman; Spiegel, Paul; AbouZahr, Carla; Amexo, Marc; Kebede, Derege; Alley, William Soumbey; Marinho, Fatima; Ali, Mohamed; Loyola, Enrique; Chikersal, Jyotsna; Gao, Jun; Annunziata, Giuseppe; Bahl, Rajiv; Bartolomeus, Kidist; Boerma, Ties; Ustun, Bedirhan; Chou, Doris; Muhe, Lulu; Mathai, Matthews

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    Objective Verbal autopsy (VA) is a systematic approach for determining causes of death (CoD) in populations without routine medical certification. It has mainly been used in research contexts and involved relatively lengthy interviews. Our objective here is to describe the process used to shorten, simplify, and standardise the VA process to make it feasible for application on a larger scale such as in routine civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. Methods A literature review of existing VA instruments was undertaken. The World Health Organization (WHO) then facilitated an international consultation process to review experiences with existing VA instruments, including those from WHO, the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health in Developing Countries (INDEPTH) Network, InterVA, and the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium (PHMRC). In an expert meeting, consideration was given to formulating a workable VA CoD list [with mapping to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) CoD] and to the viability and utility of existing VA interview questions, with a view to undertaking systematic simplification. Findings A revised VA CoD list was compiled enabling mapping of all ICD-10 CoD onto 62 VA cause categories, chosen on the grounds of public health significance as well as potential for ascertainment from VA. A set of 221 indicators for inclusion in the revised VA instrument was developed on the basis of accumulated experience, with appropriate skip patterns for various population sub-groups. The duration of a VA interview was reduced by about 40% with this new approach. Conclusions The revised VA instrument resulting from this consultation process is presented here as a means of making it available for widespread use and evaluation. It is envisaged that this will be used in conjunction with automated models for assigning CoD from VA data, rather than involving physicians. PMID:24041439

  1. Demographic, etiological, and histological pulmonary analysis of patients with acute respiratory failure: a study of 19 years of autopsies

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    Alexandre de Matos, Soeiro; Aline D., Ruppert; Mauro, Canzian; Edwin R., Parra; Cecília, Farhat; Vera L., Capelozzi.

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Acute respiratory failure has been one of the most important causes of death in intensive care units, and certain aspects of its pulmonary pathology are currently unknown. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to describe the demographic data, etiology, and pulmonary histopathological findings [...] of different diseases in the autopsies of patients with acute respiratory failure. METHOD: Autopsies of 4,710 patients with acute respiratory failure from 1990 to 2008 were reviewed, and the following data were obtained: age, sex, and major associated diseases. The pulmonary histopathology was categorized as diffuse alveolar damage, pulmonary edema, alveolar hemorrhage, and lymphoplasmacytic interstitial pneumonia. The odds ratio of the concordance between the major associated diseases and specific autopsy findings was calculated using logistic regression. RESULTS: Bacterial bronchopneumonia was present in 33.9% of the cases and cancer in 28.1%. The pulmonary histopathology showed diffuse alveolar damage in 40.7% (1,917) of the cases. A multivariate analysis showed a significant and powerful association between diffuse alveolar damage and bronchopneumonia, HIV/AIDS, sepsis, and septic shock, between liver cirrhosis and pulmonary embolism, between pulmonary edema and acute myocardial infarction, between dilated cardiomyopathy and cancer, between alveolar hemorrhage and bronchopneumonia and pulmonary embolism, and between lymphoplasmacytic interstitial pneumonia and HIV/ AIDS and liver cirrhosis. CONCLUSIONS: Bronchopneumonia was the most common diagnosis in these cases. The most prevalent pulmonary histopathological pattern was diffuse alveolar damage, which was associated with different inflammatory conditions. Further studies are necessary to elucidate the complete pathophysiological mechanisms involved with each disease and the development of acute respiratory failure.

  2. Risk factors, organ weight deviation and associated anomalies in neural tube defects: A prospective fetal and perinatal autopsy series

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    Asaranti Kar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Neural tube defects (NTD are a group of serious birth defects occurring due to defective closure of neural tube during embryonic development. It comprises of anencephaly, encephalocele and spina bifida. We conducted this prospective fetal autopsy series to study the rate and distribution of NTD, analyze the reproductive factors and risk factors, note any associated anomalies and evaluate the organ weights and their deviation from normal. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study done over a period of 6 years from August, 2007 to July, 2013. All cases of NTDs delivered as abortion, still born and live born were included. The reproductive and risk factors like age, parity, multiple births, previous miscarriage, obesity, diabetes mellitus, socioeconomic status and use of folic acid during pregnancy were collected.Autopsy was performed according to Virchow?s technique. Detail external and internal examination were carried out to detect any associated anomalies. Gross and microscopic examination of organs were done. Results: Out of 210 cases of fetal and perinatal autopsy done, 72 (34.28% had NTD constituting 49 cases of anencephaly, 16 spina bifida and 7 cases of encephalocele. The mothers in these cases predominantly were within 25-29 years (P = 0.02 and primy (P = 0.01. Female sex was more commonly affected than males (M:F = 25:47, P = 0.0005 There was no history of folate use in majority of cases. Organ weight deviations were >2 standard deviation low in most of the cases. Most common associated anomalies were adrenal hypoplasia and thymic hyperplasia. Conclusion: The authors have made an attempt to study NTD cases in respect to maternal reproductive and risk factors and their association with NTD along with the organ weight deviation and associated anomalies. This so far in our knowledge is an innovative study which was not found in literature even after extensive search.

  3. Cardiac-related findings at autopsy in people with severe mental illness treated with clozapine or risperidone

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    Deanna L. Kelly; Wehring, Heidi J.; Linthicum, Jared; Feldman, Stephanie; Robert P. McMahon; Love, Raymond C.; Wagner, Tara; Shim, Joo Cheol; Fowler, David R.

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    Clozapine is a superior agent for treatment-refractory patients with schizophrenia, but is underutilized in the US, likely due to the risk of side effects. This study examined all available autopsy data on cardiac disease and risk factors in people with schizophrenia in a sample of deceased persons with severe mental illness who had received clozapine (N = 62) or risperidone (N = 42). The mean body mass index (BMI) at the time of death was 31.4 ± 8.8 kg/m2 and 27.1 ± 8.2 kg/m2 in the clozapin...

  4. Cause-of-death ascertainment for deaths that occur outside hospitals in Thailand: application of verbal autopsy methods

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ascertainment of cause for deaths that occur in the absence of medical attention is a significant problem in many countries, including Thailand, where more than 50% of such deaths are registered with ill-defined causes. Routine implementation of standardized, rigorous verbal autopsy methods is a potential solution. This paper reports findings from field research conducted to develop, test, and validate the use of verbal autopsy (VA methods in Thailand. Methods International verbal autopsy methods were first adapted to the Thai context and then implemented to ascertain causes of death for a nationally representative sample of 11,984 deaths that occurred in Thailand in 2005. Causes of death were derived from completed VA questionnaires by physicians trained in ICD-based cause-of-death certification. VA diagnoses were validated in the sample of hospital deaths for which reference diagnoses were available from medical record review. Validated study findings were used to adjust VA-based causes of death derived for deaths in the study sample that had occurred outside hospitals. Results were used to estimate cause-specific mortality patterns for deaths outside hospitals in Thailand in 2005. Results VA-based causes of death were derived for 6,328 out of 7,340 deaths in the study sample that had occurred outside hospitals, constituting the verification arm of the study. The use of VA resulted in large-scale reassignment of deaths from ill-defined categories to specific causes of death. The validation study identified that VA tends to overdiagnose important causes such as diabetes, liver cancer, and tuberculosis, while undercounting deaths from HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, genitourinary (essential renal, and digestive system disorders. Conclusions The use of standard VA methods adapted to Thailand enabled a plausible assessment of cause-specific mortality patterns and a substantial reduction of ill-defined diagnoses. Validation studies enhance the utility of findings from the application of verbal autopsy. Regular implementation of VA in Thailand could accelerate development of the quality and utility of vital registration data for deaths outside hospitals.

  5. The unexpected finding of a benign mature teratoma in a forensic pathology autopsy : a rare cause for sudden, unexpected death

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    HØyer, Christian Bjerre; UlhØi, Benedicte Parm

    2013-01-01

    Intracranial teratomas are rare tumors that are usually discovered in infancy due to progressive symptoms. We describe a case of a 38-year-old man who was found dead 9 hours after the last sign of life. The deceased's medical history could not explain the sudden, unexpected death. A forensic autopsy revealed an asymptomatic, mature teratoma in the left frontal and temporal lobes. We concluded that the cause of death must have been a generalized epileptiform seizure originating in the tumor site(s) leading to aspiration of the stomach contents and unfavorable positioning, resulting in asphyxia.

  6. Cultural imperatives and the ethics of verbal autopsies in rural Ghana

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    Raymond A. Aborigo

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Due to a paucity of statistics from vital registration systems in developing countries, the verbal autopsy (VA approach has been used to obtain cause-specific mortality data by interviewing lay respondents on the signs and symptoms experienced by the deceased prior to death. In societies where the culture of mourning is adhered to, the use of VA could clash with traditional norms, thus warranting ethical consideration by researchers. Objective: The study was designed to explore the ethics and cultural context of collecting VA information through a demographic and health surveillance system in the Kassena-Nankana District (KND of Ghana. Study Design: Data were collected through qualitative in-depth interviews (IDIs with four field staff involved in the routine conduct of VAs, four physicians who code VAs, 20 selected respondents to the VA tool, and eight opinion leaders in the KND. The interviews were supplemented with observation by the researchers and with the field notes of field workers. Interviews were audio-recorded, and local language versions transcribed into English. Thematic analysis was performed using QSR NVivo 8 software. Results: The data indicate that cultural sensitivities in VA procedures at both the individual and family levels need greater consideration not only for ethical reasons but also to ensure the quality of the data. Discussions of some deaths are culturally prohibited and therefore lead to refusal of interviews. Families were also concerned about the confidentiality of information because of the potential of blame for the death. VA teams do not necessarily engage in culturally appropriate bereavement practices such as the presentation of tokens. The desire by families for feedback on the cause of death, which is currently not provided by researchers, was frequently expressed. Finally, no standard exists on the culturally acceptable time interval between death and VA interviews. Conclusion: Ethical issues need to be given greater consideration in the collection of cause of death data, and this can be achieved through the establishment of processes that allow active engagement with communities, authorities of civil registrations, and Institutional Review Boards to take greater account of local contexts.

  7. Medición del panículo adiposo abdominal en autopsias / Measument of the panniculus adiposus abdominis in autopsies

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    José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Teresita de J, Montero González; Justo, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: evaluar la relación de la medida del panículo adiposo abdominal con la edad y el sexo, los parámetros hospitalarios, las causas de muerte y otras enfermedades diagnosticadas. Métodos: se procesaron por el Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control de Anatomía Patológica 591 autopsias, en l [...] as que se midió el panículo adiposo abdominal a nivel del ombligo. Se crearon tres grupos de estudio según el grosor, con un número similar de casos: 0,1-1,6 cm; 1,7-2,6 cm y 2,7-9,2 cm. Resultados: en el grupo de mayor grosor el promedio de edad fue de 65 años; el 33,3 % correspondió al sexo masculino y el 62,6 % al femenino. Entre las causas de muerte aumentó el infarto agudo del miocardio y disminuyó la enfermedad cerebrovascular. Los tumores malignos se incrementaron en correspondencia con el aumento del grosor del panículo adiposo. Como causas contribuyentes se encontraron la elevación de la hipertensión arterial y la diabetes mellitus. En los trastornos relacionados con el síndrome metabólico, los órganos más afectados fueron las arterias, el páncreas, el hígado, el corazón y la vesícula biliar. Conclusiones: el grosor del panículo adiposo abdominal resulta un indicador apropiado para precisar la grasa abdominal y su importancia; así como su relación con la edad y el sexo, parámetros hospitalarios, causas de muerte y otras enfermedades diagnosticadas, principalmente aquellas que forman parte del síndrome metabólico. Abstract in english Objective: to evaluate the relationship among the size of panniculus adiposus abdominis , age, sex, hospital parameters, causes of death and other diagnosed diseases Methods: using the automated system of registry and control of pathological anatomy, 591 autopsies were processed in which the abdomin [...] al fatty panniculus adiposus abdominis around the navel. Three study groups were created according to thickness, with a similar number of cases: 0.1-1.6 cm: 1.7-2.6 cm and 2.7-9.2 cm. Results: the average age in the group with the thickest panniculus adiposus abdominis was 65 years: 33.3 % in males and 62.6 % in females. Acute myocardial infarction increased whereas the cerebrovascular disease decreased. The number of malignant tumors increased as the panniculus adiposus thickness increases too. The contributing causes were high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. Regarding the metabolic syndrome related disorders, the most affected organs were arteries, pancreas, liver, heart and gallbladder. Conclusions: the panniculus adiposus abdominis thickness is an adequate indicator to measure abdominal adiposity and its importance, as well as its relationship with age and sex, hospital parameters, causes of death and other diagnosed diseases, mainly those related to the metabolic syndrome.

  8. Plasma homocysteine, Alzheimer and cerebrovascular pathology: a population-based autopsy study.

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    Hooshmand, Babak; Polvikoski, Tuomo; Kivipelto, Miia; Tanskanen, Maarit; Myllykangas, Liisa; Erkinjuntti, Timo; Mäkelä, Mira; Oinas, Minna; Paetau, Anders; Scheltens, Philip; van Straaten, Elizabeth C W; Sulkava, Raimo; Solomon, Alina

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    Elevated plasma total homocysteine is associated with increased risk of dementia/Alzheimer's disease, but underlying pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully understood. This study investigated possible links between baseline homocysteine, and post-mortem neuropathological and magnetic resonance imaging findings up to 10 years later in the Vantaa 85+ population including people aged ?85 years. Two hundred and sixty-five individuals had homocysteine and autopsy data, of which 103 had post-mortem brain magnetic resonance imaging scans. Methenamine silver staining was used for amyloid-? and modified Bielschowsky method for neurofibrillary tangles and neuritic plaques. Macroscopic infarcts were identified from cerebral hemispheres, brainstem and cerebellum slices. Standardized methods were used to determine microscopic infarcts, cerebral amyoloid angiopathy, and ?-synuclein pathology. Magnetic resonance imaging was used for visual ratings of the degree of medial temporal lobe atrophy, and periventricular and deep white matter hyperintensities. Elevated baseline homocysteine was associated with increased neurofibrillary tangles count at the time of death: for the highest homocysteine quartile, odds ratio (95% confidence interval) was 2.60 (1.28-5.28). The association was observed particularly in people with dementia, in the presence of cerebral infarcts, and with longer time between the baseline homocysteine assessment and death. Also, elevated homocysteine tended to relate to amyloid-? accumulation, but this was seen only with longer baseline-death interval: odds ratio (95% confidence interval) was 2.52 (0.88-7.19) for the highest homocysteine quartile. On post-mortem magnetic resonance imaging, for the highest homocysteine quartile odds ratio (95% confidence interval) was 3.78 (1.12-12.79) for more severe medial temporal atrophy and 4.69 (1.14-19.33) for more severe periventricular white matter hyperintensities. All associations were independent of several potential confounders, including common vascular risk factors. No relationships between homocysteine and cerebral macro- or microinfarcts, cerebral amyoloid angiopathy or ?-synuclein pathology were detected. These results suggest that elevated homocysteine in adults aged ?85 years may contribute to increased Alzheimer-type pathology, particularly neurofibrillary tangles burden. This effect seems to be more pronounced in the presence of cerebrovascular pathology. Randomized controlled trials are needed to determine the impact of homocysteine-lowering treatments on dementia-related pathology. PMID:23983028

  9. Mercury in human brain, blood, muscle and toenails in relation to exposure: an autopsy study

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    Morild Inge

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The main forms of mercury (Hg exposure in the general population are methylmercury (MeHg from seafood, inorganic mercury (I-Hg from food, and mercury vapor (Hg0 from dental amalgam restorations. While the distribution of MeHg in the body is described by a one compartment model, the distribution of I-Hg after exposure to elemental mercury is more complex, and there is no biomarker for I-Hg in the brain. The aim of this study was to elucidate the relationships between on the one hand MeHg and I-Hg in human brain and other tissues, including blood, and on the other Hg exposure via dental amalgam in a fish-eating population. In addition, the use of blood and toenails as biological indicator media for inorganic and organic mercury (MeHg in the tissues was evaluated. Methods Samples of blood, brain (occipital lobe cortex, pituitary, thyroid, abdominal muscle and toenails were collected at autopsy of 30 deceased individuals, age from 47 to 91 years of age. Concentrations of total-Hg and I-Hg in blood and brain cortex were determined by cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry and total-Hg in other tissues by sector field inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-SFMS. Results The median concentrations of MeHg (total-Hg minus I-Hg and I-Hg in blood were 2.2 and 1.0 ?g/L, and in occipital lobe cortex 4 and 5 ?g/kg, respectively. There was a significant correlation between MeHg in blood and occipital cortex. Also, total-Hg in toenails correlated with MeHg in both blood and occipital lobe. I-Hg in both blood and occipital cortex, as well as total-Hg in pituitary and thyroid were strongly associated with the number of dental amalgam surfaces at the time of death. Conclusion In a fish-eating population, intake of MeHg via the diet has a marked impact on the MeHg concentration in the brain, while exposure to dental amalgam restorations increases the I-Hg concentrations in the brain. Discrimination between mercury species is necessary to evaluate the impact on Hg in the brain of various sources of exposure, in particular, dental amalgam exposure.

  10. Post-mortem whole body computed tomography of opioid (heroin and methadone) fatalities: frequent findings and comparison to autopsy

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    Winklhofer, Sebastian; Stolzmann, Paul [University of Zurich, Department of Forensic Medicine and Radiology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Surer, Eddie; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Thali, Michael; Schweitzer, Wolf [University of Zurich, Department of Forensic Medicine and Radiology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); Ruder, Thomas [University of Zurich, Department of Forensic Medicine and Radiology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); University Hospital Bern, Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, Bern (Switzerland); Elliott, Marina [Simon Fraser University, Department of Archaeology, Burnaby, BC (Canada); Oestreich, Andrea; Kraemer, Thomas [University of Zurich, Department of Forensic Pharmacology and Toxicology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland); Alkadhi, Hatem [University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland)

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    To investigate frequent findings in cases of fatal opioid intoxication in whole-body post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT). PMCT of 55 cases in which heroin and/or methadone had been found responsible for death were retrospectively evaluated (study group), and were compared with PMCT images of an age- and sex-matched control group. Imaging results were compared with conventional autopsy. The most common findings in the study group were: pulmonary oedema (95 %), aspiration (66 %), distended urinary bladder (42 %), cerebral oedema (49 %), pulmonary emphysema (38 %) and fatty liver disease (36 %). These PMCT findings occurred significantly more often in the study group than in the control group (p < 0.05). The combination of lung oedema, brain oedema and distended urinary bladder was seen in 26 % of the cases in the study group but never in the control group (0 %). This triad, as indicator of opioid-related deaths, had a specificity of 100 %, as confirmed by autopsy and toxicological analysis. Frequent findings in cases of fatal opioid intoxication were demonstrated. The triad of brain oedema, lung oedema and a distended urinary bladder on PMCT was highly specific for drug-associated cases of death. (orig.)

  11. Forensic aspects of carbon monoxide poisoning by charcoal burning in Denmark, 2008-2012 : an autopsy based study

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    Nielsen, Pia Rude; Gheorghe, Alexandra

    2014-01-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) inhalation is a well-known method of committing suicide. There has been a drastic increase in suicide by inhalation of CO, produced from burning charcoal, in some parts of Asia, and a few studies have reported an increased number of these deaths in Europe. CO-related deaths caused by charcoal burning have, to our knowledge, not been recorded in the Danish population before. In this retrospective study we present all autopsied cases of CO poisoning caused by charcoal burning in the period 2008-2012. 19 autopsied cases were identified, comprising 11 suicides, 4 accidents, and 2 cases of maternal/paternal filicide-suicide. The mean age of decedents was 38.2 years and the majority of the decedents were men. In 16 cases carboxyhemoglobin levels were above 50 % and in 14 cases we found distinctive cherry red livor mortis. Various concentrations of ethanol and drugs were found in 9 cases. Data suggest that this method of death has increased significantly in Denmark. Therefore, it is highly relevant to draw attention to the subject, to increase awareness as well as prevent future escalation.

  12. Forensic aspects of carbon monoxide poisoning by charcoal burning in Denmark, 2008-2012: an autopsy based study.

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    Nielsen, Pia Rude; Gheorghe, Alexandra; Lynnerup, Niels

    2014-09-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) inhalation is a well-known method of committing suicide. There has been a drastic increase in suicide by inhalation of CO, produced from burning charcoal, in some parts of Asia, and a few studies have reported an increased number of these deaths in Europe. CO-related deaths caused by charcoal burning have, to our knowledge, not been recorded in the Danish population before. In this retrospective study we present all autopsied cases of CO poisoning caused by charcoal burning in the period 2008-2012. 19 autopsied cases were identified, comprising 11 suicides, 4 accidents, and 2 cases of maternal/paternal filicide-suicide. The mean age of decedents was 38.2 years and the majority of the decedents were men. In 16 cases carboxyhemoglobin levels were above 50 % and in 14 cases we found distinctive cherry red livor mortis. Various concentrations of ethanol and drugs were found in 9 cases. Data suggest that this method of death has increased significantly in Denmark. Therefore, it is highly relevant to draw attention to the subject, to increase awareness as well as prevent future escalation. PMID:25002407

  13. Post-mortem whole body computed tomography of opioid (heroin and methadone) fatalities: frequent findings and comparison to autopsy

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    To investigate frequent findings in cases of fatal opioid intoxication in whole-body post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT). PMCT of 55 cases in which heroin and/or methadone had been found responsible for death were retrospectively evaluated (study group), and were compared with PMCT images of an age- and sex-matched control group. Imaging results were compared with conventional autopsy. The most common findings in the study group were: pulmonary oedema (95 %), aspiration (66 %), distended urinary bladder (42 %), cerebral oedema (49 %), pulmonary emphysema (38 %) and fatty liver disease (36 %). These PMCT findings occurred significantly more often in the study group than in the control group (p < 0.05). The combination of lung oedema, brain oedema and distended urinary bladder was seen in 26 % of the cases in the study group but never in the control group (0 %). This triad, as indicator of opioid-related deaths, had a specificity of 100 %, as confirmed by autopsy and toxicological analysis. Frequent findings in cases of fatal opioid intoxication were demonstrated. The triad of brain oedema, lung oedema and a distended urinary bladder on PMCT was highly specific for drug-associated cases of death. (orig.)

  14. Líneas guía en autopsias por sospecha de mala praxis asistencial Guidelines of autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo revisa las líneas seguidas en casos de autopsia por sospecha de mala praxis. Se revisan las indicaciones, propósitos generales, técnicas de disección, exámenes complementarios, junto con los problemas éticos, de acuerdo con la experiencia del autor y la literatura. Un grado significativo de entrenamiento y experiencia tanto clínica como patológica es requerido en estos casos. Esta necesidad puede contrastar con la relativa falta de expertizatión de los médicos forenses en España, y con las limitaciones de la autopsia médico-legal. Algunas guías para solucionar este problema, como consulta con especialistas independientes, o con los comités de las especialidades médicas, son consideradas. Existen importantes problemas éticos en estos fallecimientos. En consecuencia, hay una necesidad de enfoque correcto de estos problemas. Se consideran algunas orientaciones en este sentido.The present paper reviews the guidelines for autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice. Indications, general purposes, dissection techniques, laboratory and complementary examinations, as well as ethical problems are revised, according to the author's experience and literature review. A significant degree of training and skill, both clinical and pathologically, are required. This needing can contrast with the relative lack of specialization of Forensic Pathologists in Spain, and limitations of the judicial autopsy in these cases. Some guidelines to solve this problem, like independent expert consultation or advise by the Specialties Boards, are considered. Important ethical issues can arise from these deaths, therefore, a needing of correct address of these issues is perceived. Some orientations in this subject are considered.

  15. Massive subcutaneous emphysema, bilateral pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum, pneumoretroperitoneum, and pneumoscrotum after multiple direct laryngoscopies: an autopsy case report.

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    Ono, Yuko; Okubo, Yoshinori; Hashimoto, Katsuhiko; Inokuchi, Ryota; Odajima, Hajime; Tase, Choichiro; Shinohara, Kazuaki

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    Multiple endotracheal intubation (ETI) attempts increase the risk of airway-related adverse events. However, little is known about autopsy findings after severe ETI-related complications. We present the detailed pathological findings in a patient with severe ETI-related complications. A 77-year-old obese male suffered cardiopulmonary arrest after choking at a rehabilitation facility. Spontaneous circulation returned after chest compressions and foreign-body removal. After multiple failed direct laryngoscopies, the patient was transferred to our hospital. He had massive subcutaneous emphysema, bilateral pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum, pneumoretroperitoneum, and pneumoscrotum on admission, and died from hypoxic brain injury 15 h later. Autopsy revealed severe oropharyngeal, laryngeal, and left lung lower lobe injury. The likely mechanisms of diffuse emphysema were (1) oropharyngeal injury associated with multiple ETI attempts and excessive ventilation pressures and (2) left lung lower lobe injury associated with chest compressions and other resuscitative procedures. Multiple laryngoscopies can cause severe upper-airway injury, worsen respiratory status, and make ETI more difficult-a vicious circle that can be prevented by limiting ETI attempts. This is particularly important in unfavorable environments, in which backup devices and personnel are not easily obtained. The pathological findings in our patient caution against repeated attempts at ETI during resuscitation. PMID:25784502

  16. Hemoperitoneo secundario a rotura de carcinoma hepatocelular: Hallazgos de autopsia / Hemoperitoenum due to hepatocellular carcinoma: Autopsy findings

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    M., Subirana Domènech; M., Ortega Sánchez; G., Font Valsecchi; J.I., Galtés Vicente; J., Castellà García.

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    Full Text Available El hemoperitoneo secundario a la rotura de un carcinoma hepatocelular (CH) es una complicación poco frecuente en nuestro medio, siendo más infrecuente su hallazgo como causa de muerte en individuos no diagnosticados de CH. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 87 años con antecedentes patológicos de h [...] epatitis C crónica e hipertensión arterial y sin constancia de traumatismo abdominal previo, que debutó con un cuadro inespecífico de malestar general, náuseas y vómitos de varias horas de evolución, motivo por el cual se le prescribió y administró domiciliariamente metoclopramida. Falleció a las pocas horas de la atención médica, motivo por el cual se practicó la autopsia judicial. Durante la misma se evidenció un hemoperitoneo de 3.000 cc secundario a una rotura intratumoral sobre un hígado cirrótico. Abstract in english Hemoperitoneum secondary to rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (CH) is a rare complication in our environment. His find, still more, is uncommon cause of death in individuals not diagnosed of CH. We report the case of a woman of 87 years-old with clinical history of chronic hepatitis C, hypertensio [...] n, and abdominal trauma without evidence of prior, which debuted with a nonspecific malaise, nausea and vomiting several hours of evolution, why was prescribed and administered metoclopramide home. She died a few hours after care, which is why judicial autopsy was performed. The autopsy was shown a 3000 cc hemoperitoneum secondary to rupture intratumoral in a cirrhotic liver.

  17. Characterization of autopsy-proven fatal asthma patients in São Paulo, Brazil Caracterización de los pacientes fallecidos por asma certificada por autopsia en São Paulo, Brasil

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    Thais Mauad; Ferreira, Diogenes S.; Maria Beatriz G. Costa; Bianca B. Araujo; Luiz Fernando F. Silva; Martins, Milton A; Wenzel, Sally E.; Marisa Dolhnikoff

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    Few data are available on autopsy-proven fatal asthma patients in São Paulo, Brazil. We characterized 73 asthma patients who were autopsied at the Serviço de Verificação de Óbitos da Universidade de São Paulo between 1996 and 2004. An interview with the next of kin assessed socioeconomic status, history, and treatment of asthma. There were 42 women and 31 men. Fifty-six (76.7%) of them were older than 34 years. Sixty-three percent were Caucasians, 77.3% had < 8 years of schooling, and the med...

  18. Histopatología del daño múltiple de órganos en autopsias pediátricas / Histopathology of multiple organ damage in paediatric autopsies

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    Teresita, Montero González; Yanira Noalis, Díaz Valdés; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Cecilia, Toledo Veja; Arturo, Delgado Delgado; Sonia, Pujol Olivares.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: el daño múltiple de órganos es el conjunto de alteraciones morfológicas, frecuentes en pacientes críticos, diagnosticadas en las autopsias como respuesta a la inflamación sistémica. En estudios realizados, las personas con edades jóvenes de la vida se han visto particularmente afectada [...] s por esta entidad. Objetivo: analizar el comportamiento del diagnóstico del daño múltiple de órganos en autopsias pediátricas procedentes de dos unidades de terapia intensiva e identificar las manifestaciones histopatológicas, la edad y el sexo de los niños fallecidos. Métodos: se revisaron 13 autopsias de niños fallecidos en el Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" en 5 años (2003-2007) y 42 correspondientes al Hospital Pediátrico Docente de San Miguel del Padrón en un periodo de 7 años (2000-2006), y se extrajeron las que cumplieron los criterios diagnósticos del daño múltiple de órganos. Resultados: se destacó la elevada frecuencia del daño múltiple de órganos en las autopsias de la terapia pediátrica en ambos centros estudiados. Los primeros periodos de vida fueron los más afectados, mientras el sexo mostró variaciones entre ambos centros estudiados. Conclusiones: el diagnóstico del daño múltiple de órganos es expresión de la calidad del trabajo que se realiza con las autopsias y la preparación del personal médico, lo cual se muestra en las elevadas cifras de coincidencias diagnósticas. Modular la respuesta inflamatoria incontrolada, es prevenir que se establezca el referido daño y, por lo tanto, es salvar la vida de un niño. Abstract in english Introduction: multiple organ damage is a group of morphological alterations, frequent in critical patients, which are diagnosed in autopsies as a response to systemic inflammation. Different studies report that the youngest people have been particularly affected by this disease. Objective: to analyz [...] e the behaviour of the diagnosis of multiple organ damage in paediatric autopsies from two Intensive Care Units and identify the histopathological manifestations, the age, and the sex in dead children. Methods: 13 autopsies of dead children were checked in "Dr. Luis Diaz Soto" Central Military Hospital during 5 years (2003-2007). Other 42 corresponding to the Paediatric Teaching Hospital of San Miguel del Padrón were also checked over a period of 7 years (2000-2006). The ones that reported diagnostic criteria of multiple organ damage were selected. Results: a high frequency of multiple organ damage in autopsies of paediatric therapies in both cases under study was emphasized. The first periods of life were the most affected ones and the sex showed some variations in the two centres under study. Conclusions: the diagnosis of multiple organ damage is the reflection of both the quality of work carried out with autopsies and the training of the medical staff. It is shown in the high levels of diagnostic coincidences. To regulate the uncontrolled inflammatory response means preventing the referred damage, thus saving a child's life.

  19. Verbal autopsy coding: are multiple coders better than one? / Codage des autopsies verbales: est-il préférable qu'il soit effectué par plusieurs codeurs au lieu d'un ? / Codificación de las autopsias verbales: ¿varios codificadores mejor que uno?

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    Rohina, Joshi; Alan D, Lopez; Stephen, MacMahon; Srinath, Reddy; Rakhi, Dandona; Lalit, Dandona; Bruce, Neal.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Evaluar el impacto en los perfiles de causas de defunción notificadas de una estrategia de codificación de las autopsias verbales basada en el uso de uno o varios agentes codificadores para examinar cada caso de defunción. MÉTODOS: A lo largo de 12 meses durante 2003-2004 se documentaron l [...] as defunciones registradas en 45 aldeas (población total: 180 162 habitantes) del sur de la India, rellenándose para cada fallecimiento un cuestionario de autopsia verbal estándar. Dos codificadores médicos, sin conocer cada uno las decisiones del otro, asignaron las causas de defunción basándose en las causas enumeradas en los títulos de los capítulos de la décima revisión de la Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades y Problemas de Salud Conexos (CIE-10). Para los tres títulos de capítulos que se aplicaron a más de 100 defunciones, se analizó también el grado de coincidencia para subconjuntos de causas de defunción dentro del capítulo. En caso de discrepancia, un tercer codificador intervenía para dirimirla. La medición del grado de acuerdo entre los dos codificadores médicos se realizó mediante el estadístico kappa de Cohen (K). RESULTADOS: En total se documentaron 1354 defunciones, realizándose una autopsia verbal en 1329 (98%) de ellas. En lo que respecta a los títulos de los capítulos de la CIE-10, los codificadores médicos asignaron la misma causa a 1255 defunciones (94%) (K = 0,93; intervalo de confianza del 95%: 0,92-0,94). Los perfiles de mortalidad derivados de las causas asignadas por cada médico fueron muy similares a los perfiles obtenidos mediante el proceso de consenso, hasta el punto de que el orden de importancia de las 10 causas principales de defunción fue el mismo con los tres métodos de codificación. CONCLUSIÓNS: La duplicación de la codificación de los resultados de las autopsias verbales no ofrece grandes ventajas respecto al sistema de codificador único en el contexto de la vigilancia de la mortalidad o la identificación de perfiles demográficos de la mortalidad. Se podrían desviar recursos hacia otros aspectos del proceso de vigilancia de la mortalidad, como por ejemplo la validación. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact on the reported cause-of-death patterns of a verbal autopsy coding strategy based on a review of every death by multiple coders versus a single coder. METHODS: Deaths in 45 villages (total population 180 162) in southern India were documented during 12 months in 2003- [...] 2004, and a standard verbal autopsy questionnaire was completed for each death. Two physician coders, each unaware of the other's decisions, assigned an underlying cause of death in accordance with the causes listed in the chapter headings of the International classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th revision (ICD-10). For the three chapter headings that applied to more than 100 of the deaths, agreement for subsets of causes of death within the chapter was also analysed. In the event of discrepancies, a third coder was used to finalize a cause of death. Cohen's kappa statistic (K) was used to measure levels of agreement between the two physician coders. FINDINGS: In total, 1354 deaths were documented, and a verbal autopsy was completed for 1329 (98%) of them. At the chapter heading level of the ICD-10, physician coders assigned the same cause to 1255 deaths (94%) (K = 0.93; 95% confidence interval: 0.92-0.94). The patterns of death derived from the causes assigned by each physician were all very similar to the patterns obtained through the consensus process, with the rank order of the 10 leading causes of death being the same for all three coding methods. CONCLUSION: Duplicate coding of verbal autopsy results has little advantage over a single-coder system for mortality surveillance or for identifying population patterns of death. Resources could be better diverted to other parts of the mortality surveillance process, such as validation.

  20. Deaths of infants subject to forensic autopsy in Estonia from 2001 to 2005: what can we learn from additional information?

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    Grjibovski Andrej M

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Deaths from childhood injury are a public health problem worldwide. A relatively high proportion of child deaths of undetermined manner in Estonia raises concerns about potential underestimation of intentional deaths, especially in infants. This suggests that more information on the circumstances surrounding death is needed to establish the manner of death correctly and, more importantly, to prevent these deaths. The objective of this study was to detect, describe, and analyze the circumstances around deaths of infants subject to forensic autopsy in Estonia to reveal hidden cases of child abuse and more accurately determine causes of death. Methods Study cases included all infant deaths in Estonia from 2001 to 2005 subject to forensic autopsy at the Estonian Bureau of Forensic Medicine. Additional information was obtained from a series of visits to general practitioners, including characteristics of infant health, family composition, parents' education and employment, living conditions, and circumstances around death as perceived by medical staff in charge of outpatient services for these families. Results The total number of infant deaths in Estonia between 2001 and 2005 subject to forensic autopsy was 98, with 40 (40.8% deaths attributed to a disease and 58 deaths (59.2% resulting from injury. Elements of child abuse were involved in as many as 57.7% (95% CI 46.9-68.1 of the deaths for which medical records were available (n = 90. At death, the majority of these cases were registered as diseases or deaths from unintentional injury. Average annual mortality from external causes in Estonian infants, 2001-2005, previously reported by us as 88.1 per 100,000 (95% CI 68.1-113.6 would decrease to 41.0 (95% CI 26.9-57.8. Many infants in the studied group had faced multiple threats and were living in poor hygienic conditions. In a number of cases, they were left alone or looked after by older siblings. Parents' alcohol abuse played an important role in a considerable number of cases. Conclusions Using additional sources of information revealed new information about child abuse not reflected in the cause of death diagnosis. Effective interventions aimed at parent education and improved follow-up of children by medical staff may reduce mortality from external causes among Estonian infants by more than half.

  1. Interobserver agreement of the injury diagnoses obtained by postmortem computed tomography of traffic fatality victims and a comparison with autopsy results

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    Leth, Peter Mygind; Struckmann, Henrik

    2013-01-01

    The present study investigated the interobserver variation between a radiologist and a forensic pathologist in 994 injury diagnoses obtained by postmortem computed tomography (CT) of 67 traffic fatality victims, and the results were compared with diagnoses obtained by autopsy. The injuries were coded according to the abbreviated injury scale (AIS). We found a low interobserver variability for postmortem CT injury diagnoses, and the variability was the lowest for injuries with a high AIS severity score. The radiologist diagnosed more injuries than the pathologist, especially in the skeletal system, but the pathologist diagnosed more organ injuries. We recommend the use of a radiologist as a consultant for the evaluation of postmortem CT images. Training in radiology should be included in forensic medicine postgraduate training. CT was superior to autopsy in detecting abnormal air accumulations, but autopsy was superior to CT in the detection of organ injuries and aortic ruptures. We recommend a combination of CT and autopsy for the postmortem investigation of traffic fatality victims.

  2. A state-of-the-art pipeline for postmortem CT and MRI visualization: from data acquisition to interactive image interpretation at autopsy

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    The importance of autopsy procedures leading to the establishment of the cause of death is well-known. A recent addition to the autopsy work flow is the possibility of conducting postmortem imaging, in its 3D version also called virtual autopsy (VA), using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) or magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) data from scans of cadavers displayed with direct volume rendering (DVR) 3D techniques. The use of the data and their workflow are presented. Data acquisition was performed and high quality data-sets with submillimeter precision were acquired. New data acquisition techniques such as dual-energy CT (DECT) and quantitative MRI, then were implemented and provided additional information. Particular findings hardly visualized in conventional autopsy can rather easy be seen at the full body CT, such as air distribution, e.g. pneumothorax, pneumopericardium, air embolism, and wound channels. MRI shows natural deaths such as myocardial infarctions. Interactive visualization of these 3D data-sets can provide valuable insight into the corpses and enables non-invasive diagnostic procedures. In postmortem CT imaging, not being limited by a patient depending radiation dose limit the data-sets can, however, be generated with such a high resolution that they become difficult to handle in today's archive retrieval and interactive visualization systems, specifically in the case of full body scans. To take full advantage of these new technologies the postmortem workflow needs to be tailored to the demands and opportunities that the new technologies allow

  3. Investigation of a fatal airplane crash: autopsy, computed tomography, and injury pattern analysis used to determine who was steering the plane at time of accident. A case report.

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    HØyer, Christian Bjerre; Nielsen, Trine Skov

    2012-01-01

    A fatal accident is reported in which a small single-engine light airplane crashed. The airplane carried two persons in the front seats, both of whom possessed valid pilot certificates. Both victims were subject to autopsy, including post-mortem computed tomography scanning (PMCT) prior to the autopsy. The autopsies showed massive destruction to the bodies of the two victims but did not identify any signs of acute or chronic medical conditions that could explain loss of control of the airplane. PMCT, histological examination, and forensic chemical analysis also failed to identify an explanation for the crash. A detailed review of an airplane identical to the crashed airplane was performed in collaboration with the Danish Accident Investigation Board and the Danish National Police, National Centre of Forensic Services. The injuries were described using the abbreviated injury scale, the injury severity score, 3-dimensional reconstructions of the PMCT, and an injury pattern analysis. We describe how, on basis ofthese data, we reached a conclusion about which of the two victims was the most likely to have been in control of the airplane at the time of accident. Furthermore, we argue that all victims of fatal airplane crashes should be subject to forensic autopsy, including PMCT and forensic chemical analysis. The continuous accumulation of knowledge about injury patterns from “simple” accidents is the foundation for the correct analysis of “difficult” accidents.

  4. Postmortem CT morphometry of great vessels with regard to the cause of death for investigating terminal circulatory status in forensic autopsy.

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    Sogawa, Nozomi; Michiue, Tomomi; Ishikawa, Takaki; Inamori-Kawamoto, Osamu; Oritani, Shigeki; Maeda, Hitoshi

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    Postmortem CT (PM-CT) is useful to investigate the viscera in situ before opening the body cavities at autopsy. The present study involved a virtual morphometric analysis of thoracic and abdominal great vessels with regard to the cause of death as a possible index of terminal circulatory status in forensic autopsy cases, using PM-CT data of forensic autopsy cases within 3 days postmortem (n?=?93). Perimeters and cross-sectional areas of the aorta and vena cava depended on the age and/or gender of subjects; however, when the vessel flattening index (vFI) was calculated as the ratio of the cross-sectional area (a) to the estimated circle area having the same perimeter (l), using the formula vFI?=?4?a/l(2), the vFI showed distinct differences among the causes of death without significant postmortem time dependence. The index was low for each vessel in fatal bleeding, while the vFI of the abdominal aorta and inferior vena cava was low in hyperthermia (heatstroke), but higher in drowning, hypothermia (cold exposure) and sudden cardiac death. These CT findings provide quantitative data as supplementary indicators to reinforce autopsy findings for interpreting terminal circulatory status. PMID:25194711

  5. A state-of-the-art pipeline for postmortem CT and MRI visualization: from data acquisition to interactive image interpretation at autopsy

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    Persson, Anders (Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Univ. of Linkoeping, Linkoeping (Sweden); Dept. of Radiology of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), Linkoeping Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden)), email: anders.persson@cmiv.liu.se; Lindblom, Maria (Dept. of Radiology of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), Linkoeping Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden)); Jackowski, Christian (Inst. of Legal Medicine, Univ. of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland))

    2011-06-15

    The importance of autopsy procedures leading to the establishment of the cause of death is well-known. A recent addition to the autopsy work flow is the possibility of conducting postmortem imaging, in its 3D version also called virtual autopsy (VA), using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) or magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) data from scans of cadavers displayed with direct volume rendering (DVR) 3D techniques. The use of the data and their workflow are presented. Data acquisition was performed and high quality data-sets with submillimeter precision were acquired. New data acquisition techniques such as dual-energy CT (DECT) and quantitative MRI, then were implemented and provided additional information. Particular findings hardly visualized in conventional autopsy can rather easy be seen at the full body CT, such as air distribution, e.g. pneumothorax, pneumopericardium, air embolism, and wound channels. MRI shows natural deaths such as myocardial infarctions. Interactive visualization of these 3D data-sets can provide valuable insight into the corpses and enables non-invasive diagnostic procedures. In postmortem CT imaging, not being limited by a patient depending radiation dose limit the data-sets can, however, be generated with such a high resolution that they become difficult to handle in today's archive retrieval and interactive visualization systems, specifically in the case of full body scans. To take full advantage of these new technologies the postmortem workflow needs to be tailored to the demands and opportunities that the new technologies allow

  6. Virtual autopsy in forensic sciences and its applications in the forensic odontology / A autópsia virtual nas ciências forenses e sua aplicação na Odontologia forense

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    Ademir Franco do, Rosário Junior; Paulo Henrique Couto, Souza; Walter, Coudyzer; Patrick, Thevissen; Guy, Willems; Reinhilde, Jacobs.

    Full Text Available Atualmente os avanços tecnológicos se fazem cada vez mais importantes nas ciências forenses. Por outro lado a autópsia ainda é uma abordagem tradicional na prática médica-odontológica, na qual evidências são coletadas por meio fotográfico e radiológico. Neste contexto, a Autópsia Virtual surge como [...] uma ferramenta útil e complementar para o exame cadavérico. Através da alta tecnologia radiológica a Autópsia Virtual fornece uma visão eficiente e precisa do caso a ser analisado. Esta revisão crítica tem o objetivo de atualizar os Cirurgiões-dentistas apresentando o primeiro trabalho com o conteúdo voltado a Autópsia Virtual. Abstract in english Nowadays, technological advances are becoming more and more important in forensic sciences. Yet autopsy is still one of the very traditional methods. This also applies for dentalautopsies, in which visual, photographic and radiological evidences are collected. In this context, Virtual Autopsy appear [...] s as a helpful and complementary tool for dental and medical cadaveric examination. Usinghigh-tech radiological approaches, Virtual Autopsy may provide, through images, an efficient and more accurate view on the individual case. This critical review aims to update the dental professionalspresenting the first national paper with explanations on Virtual Autopsy.

  7. Neonatal mortality in India's rural poor: Findings of a household survey and verbal autopsy study in Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha.

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    Dogra, Vishal; Khanna, Rajesh; Jain, Anuradha; Kumar, Ajay M V; Shewade, Hemant D; Majumdar, Suman S

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    In 2011, Save the Children India launched a project for the disadvantaged population of Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha. As a baseline activity, neonatal deaths during January-December 2012 were investigated using modified verbal autopsy tool in six sub-district-level administrative units (blocks) adopting 30-cluster sample survey approach. Our study reported a total of 189 neonatal deaths of which 50% occurred at home and 39% happened on Day 1. About half of the deaths occurred in blocks from Bihar. High number of neonatal deaths belonged to households that were below poverty line (64%) and other disadvantaged classes (46%); among mothers who were illiterate (65%), <20 years of age (54%) and during their first-order births (36%). Birth asphyxia was a major cause of neonatal deaths across all blocks. These findings indicate need for easy and early access to transport services, specialized neonatal care and advocacy targeted towards increasing community awareness. PMID:25825343

  8. [An autopsy case of Aspergillus pneumonia after inhalation of a great deal of dust in a mushroom factory].

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    Shimaoka, Yuichi; Ishida, Takashi; Kawasaki, Satoshi; Kobayashi, Osamu

    2006-09-01

    A man in his forties with alcoholic liver injury was referred to our hospital because of progressive dyspnea and diffuse infiltrative shadows in both lung fields. Two weeks before admission he had carried a lot of rotten Enoki mushrooms in his factory, and then inhaled a great deal of airborne dust. Serological examination showed extremely elevated beta-D-glucan and positive Aspergillus antigen. Culture of dust collected from the floor of the factory proved to be positive for Aspergillus fumigatus. Aspergillus pneumonia was diagnosed and treatment with anti-fungal drugs was started. In spite of intensive treatment he died of respiratory failure. The autopsy disclosed multiple abscess formation containing hyphae of Aspergillus fumigatus and granulomatous reaction with multinuclear giant cells. However, there was no Aspergillus invasion in other organs. This was a rare case of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis that developed after inhalation of organic dust in a non-immunocompromised host. PMID:17037412

  9. Autopsy findings in a case of a small cell lung cancer complicated by radiotherapy induced acute interstitial pneumonia

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    The authors describe the case of a 71-year-old man who had been referred to his hospital because of a dry cough and an associated abnormality that had been detected by x-ray. Based on chest x-ray evaluations and the endoscopic bronchial biopsy findings the diagnosis was a small cell lung cancer. The patient thus received a 2 time regimen of cisplatin chemotherapy and subsequent radiotherapy (40 Gy). Two weeks after this radiotherapy, however the patient complained of an increasing dyspnea. Two days later, he was readmitted to hospital because of pneumonia and severe dyspnea, but died of respiratory failure on the same day. The autopsy findings revealed diffuse organized alveolar duct damage that had been induced by radiotherapy directed toward a relatively large area that included the right lower lung and the mediastinum. (author)

  10. An autopsy study of cerebrovascular disease in Japanese men who lived in Hiroshima, Japan and Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Evidence of cerebrovascular disease at autopsy was compared in two groups of men, 186 long time residents of Hiroshima, Japan and 253 men of Japanese ancestry long resident in Honolulu, Hawaii. They were from 45 to 71 years of age at death. Atherosclerosis of the circle of Willis and its major branches, sclerosis of the intraparenchymal arteries and the frequency of cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral infarct were compared in the two populations. The Honolulu subjects had significantly more atherosclerosis of the circle of Willis, but less intraparenchymal artery sclerosis and less cerebral infarction. Cerebral hemorrhage was equally frequent in the two cities. It was concluded that cerebral infarction is more frequent in Japanese men in Hiroshima than Honolulu, and that men of Japanese ancestry in Honolulu are spared an appreciable risk of cerebral infarction through decreased frequency of intraparenchymal arterial sclerosis despite higher levels of atherosclerosis of large intracranial arteries. (author)

  11. An autopsy case of acute multiple sclerosis with multifocal low density areas in the cerebral white matter on CT scans

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    A 34-year-old woman presented with urination difficulty and consciousness disturbance, followed by persistent neurologic findings, such as semicomatose mental status and bilateral optic neuritis, and monophasic clinical course. Cranial CT showed multifocal low density areas in cerebral white matter. The patient was clinically diagnosed as having acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. She died of sepsis four months later. Autopsy revealed multifocal large demyelinating lesions confined to the cerebral white matter, shown as low density areas on CT scans, and demyelinating plaques scattered in the optic nerves and chiasm, and cerebral peduncle. The final diagnosis was acute multiple sclerosis. The CT appearance of multifocal low density areas was most likely due to demyelinating lesions causing edema and tissue necrosis. (Namekawa, K.)

  12. Splenic changes revealed by autopsy in patients with Thorotrast deposition with particular reference to the portal hypertension

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    Most of the cases of Thorotrast deposition resemble those of Banti's disease (idiopathic portal hypertension) in histological findings of the liver at autopsy, but the esophageal varices are less frequent than anticipated. We examined 211 patients with Thorotrast deposition clinicopathologically by grouping them according to their spleen weights. In a small number of patients splenomegaly (200 g or more) was highly complicated by esophageal variceal bleeding. Moreover, the average life span of these patients was approximately 10 years shorter than that of patients with splenic atrophy. A possibility exists that the splenic atrophy following Thorotrast deposition is not all pathological process but brings a benefit to decrease the portal pressure as splenectomy does. (author)

  13. Determinantes morfológicos de prognóstico em pneumonia nosocomial: um estudo em autópsias / Morphological prognostic factors in nosocomial pneumonia: an autopsy study

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    Luiz Mário Baptista, Martinelli; Paulo José Fortes Villas, Boas; Thais Thomaz, Queluz; Hugo Hyung Bok, Yoo.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência de pneumonia nosocomial nas autópsias em um hospital público universitário; identificar os fatores de risco relacionados à pneumonia nosocomial e os potenciais fatores prognósticos relacionados à ocorrência de pneumonia nosocomial fatal; e correlacionar os achados [...] anatomopatológicos com a ocorrência de pneumonia nosocomial e/ou pneumonia aspirativa. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de 199 pacientes autopsiados, maiores de 1 ano de idade, internados no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu da Universidade Estadual Paulista entre 1999 e 2006, cuja causa de morte (causa básica ou associada) foi pneumonia nosocomial. Testou-se a associação dos dados demográficos, clínicos e anatomopatológicos com os desfechos pneumonia nosocomial fatal e pneumonia aspirativa fatal. As variáveis significativas entraram na análise multivariada. RESULTADOS: A idade média foi de 59 ± 19 anos. A prevalência de pneumonia nosocomial em autópsias foi 29%, e essa foi a causa mortis de 22,6% dos pacientes autopsiados. A pneumonia nosocomial fatal correlacionou-se com os achados anatomopatológicos de alterações estruturais tabágicas (OR = 3,23; IC95%: 1,26-2,95; p = 0,02) e acometimento pulmonar bilateral (OR = 3,23; IC95%: 1,26-8,30; p = 0,01). Não houve associações significativas entre as variáveis e pneumonia aspirativa fatal. CONCLUSÕES: Em nossa amostra, a pneumonia nosocomial teve prevalência elevada e foi responsável por quase 25% das mortes. A mortalidade é favorecida por alterações estruturais tabágicas e pneumonia bilateral. Esses achados corroboram os resultados de diversos estudos clínicos sobre pneumonia nosocomial. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia in autopsies at a public university hospital; to identify the risk factors for nosocomial pneumonia and the potential prognostic factors associated with fatal nosocomial pneumonia and with fatal aspiration pneumonia; and to determine whe [...] ther anatomopathological findings correlate with nosocomial pneumonia or aspiration pneumonia. METHODS: A retrospective study involving 199 autopsied patients, older than 1 year of age, who had been admitted to the São Paulo State University Botucatu School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas and died of nosocomial pneumonia (underlying or contributing cause), between 1999 and 2006. Demographic, clinical and anatomopathological variables were tested regarding their association with the outcomes (fatal nosocomial pneumonia and fatal aspiration pneumonia). The significant variables were analyzed using multivariate analysis. RESULTS: The mean age was 59 ± 19 years. The prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia in autopsies was 29%, and the disease was the cause of death in 22.6% of the autopsied patients. Fatal nosocomial pneumonia correlated with the following anatomopathological findings: tobacco-associated structural lesions (OR = 3.23; 95% CI: 1.26-2.95; p = 0.02) and bilateral pneumonia (OR = 3.23; 95% CI: 1.26-8.30; p = 0.01). None of the variables were found to be significantly associated with fatal aspiration pneumonia. CONCLUSIONS: In our sample, there was a high prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia, which was responsible for almost 25% of all of the deaths. Smoking-related structural lesions and bilateral pneumonia all favored mortality. These findings corroborate the results of various clinical studies on nosocomial pneumonia.

  14. An autopsy case of multiple myeloma with veno-occlusive disease of the liver induced by ionizing radiation

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    An autopsy case of multiple myeloma which accompanied radiation-induced veno-occlusion of the liver is presented. A 62-year-old woman with a chief complaint of low back pain was diagnosed as having multiple myeloma. Approximately one year later, the patient was treated with chemotherapy, consisting of VCR, MCNU, ADR, PSL, and CPA, and X-irradiation of 30 Gy to the bilateral trunk for medically intractable rib pain. The irradiation field included the entire liver. Six months later, she was admitted to the hospital due to abdominal distention and massive amounts of ascites. Various examinations failed to make a qualitative diagnosis. Postmortem examination revealed fibrotic occlusion of the central vein which is typical for veno-occlusion disease of the liver. This finding was restricted to the area that was not shielded, irrespective of anatomical structure, strongly suggesting radiation-induced veno-occlusion of the liver. (N.K.)

  15. An autopsy case of hemiconvulsion-hemiplegia-epilepsy syndrome manifesting as cerebral hemiatrophy in an elderly man.

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    Iwase, Tamaki; Yoshida, Mari; Mizuno, Tomoyuki; Sato, Shinya; Nokura, Kazuya

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    We report an autopsy case of hemiconvulsion-hemiplegia-epilepsy (HHE) syndrome in a 79-year-old man. HHE syndrome usually occurs in children younger than 4 years of age. Although most HHE syndrome patients live into adult life, only a few cases of the syndrome have been reported in the elderly. In our case, cerebral hemiatrophy, left mesial temporal sclerosis and crossed cerebellar atrophy were observed. Because this is the oldest case ever reported, we further investigated age-related neuropathological changes and found an interhemispheric difference in amyloid-?-related neuropathologic changes. There were almost no senile plaques or amyloid-laden vessels in the left hemisphere. As far as we know, this is the first report of age-related neuropathology in a brain manifesting HHE syndrome. PMID:26179932

  16. Traumatic brain injury as a risk factor for Alzheimer disease. Comparison of two retrospective autopsy cohorts with evaluation of ApoE genotype

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background and Purpose The impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD is still controversial. The aim of our retrospective autopsy study was to assess the impact of TBE and ApoE allele frequency on the development of AD. Material and Methods We examined 1. the incidence of AD pathology (Braak stageing, CERAD, NIA-Reagan Institute criteria in 58 consecutive patients (mean age ± SD 77.0 ± 6.8 years with residual closed TBI lesions, and 2. the frequency of TBI residuals in 57 age-matched autopsy proven AD cases. In both series, ApoE was evaluated from archival paraffin-embedded brain material. Results 1. TBE series: 12.1 % showed definite and 10.3% probable AD (mean age 77.6 and 75.2 years, only 2/13 with ApoE?3/4. From 45 (77.6% non-AD cases (mean age 78.2 years, 3 had ApoE?3/4. The prevalence of 22.4% AD in this small autopsy cohort was significantly higher than 3.3% in a recent large clinical series and 14% in the general population over age 70. 2. In the AD cohort with ApoE?4 allele frequency of 30% similar to other AD series, residuals of closed TBI were seen in 4 brains (7% (mean age ± SD 78.2 ± 6.4, all lacking the ApoE?4 allele. TBI incidence was slightly lower than 8.5% in the clinical MIRAGE study. Conclusions The results of this first retrospective autopsy study of TBI, ApoE? allele frequency, and AD confirm clinical studies suggesting severe TBI to be a risk factor for the development AD higher in subjects lacking ApoE?4 alleles. Further studies in larger autopsy series are needed to elucidate the relationship between TBI, genetic predisposition, and AD.

  17. Multiorgan gadolinium (Gd) deposition and fibrosis in a patient with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis--an autopsy-based review

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    Sanyal, Soma; Marckmann, Peter

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a systemic disorder of patients with severe renal insufficiency who have received gadolinium (Gd)-based magnetic resonance contrast agents (GBCAs). The causative association with Gd exposure was strengthened by the demonstration of Gd in various tissues of NSF patients, predominantly at the bulk chemical level. The distribution of Gd at the histologic level of organs other than skin has not been reported previously. METHODS: We analysed tissues from an autopsy case with verified advanced NSF by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Furthermore, we reviewed published literature to compare the histological and histochemical findings in NSF patients and chronic renal failure (CRF) patients without NSF. RESULTS: Insoluble Gd-phosphate deposits were detected in the skin, liver, lungs, intestinal wall (ileum), kidney, lymph node, skeletal muscle, dura mater and cerebellum of the NSF autopsy case, primarily in vascular walls. Some, but not all, Gd deposits were seen in fibrotic areas. Literature review highlighted that non-specific tissue fibrosis and calcification are frequent findings in tissues of patients with CRF with and without NSF. CONCLUSIONS: Vascular and extracellular Gd deposits are found in multiple organs of NSF patients, associated with calcification, and often in fibrotic areas. Gd deposits are not seen in patients with CRF unexposed to GBCAs but rarely may be seen in GBCA-exposed patients without clinical signs of NSF. Apart from diagnostic findings in skin, fibrosis of muscle and dura may be more prominent in NSF patients. Our findings should stimulate further investigation of mechanisms of fibrosis and pathologic calcification.

  18. A dynamic magnetic shift method to increase nanoparticle concentration in cancer metastases: a feasibility study using simulations on autopsy specimens

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    Full Text Available Alek Nacev1, Skye H Kim2, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales2, Michael A Tangrea2, Benjamin Shapiro1, Michael R Emmert-Buck21Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; 2Pathogenetics Unit, Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USAAbstract: A nanoparticle delivery system termed dynamic magnetic shift (DMS has the potential to more effectively treat metastatic cancer by equilibrating therapeutic magnetic nanoparticles throughout tumors. To evaluate the feasibility of DMS, histological liver sections from autopsy cases of women who died from breast neoplasms were studied to measure vessel number, size, and spatial distribution in both metastatic tumors and normal tissue. Consistent with prior studies, normal tissue had a higher vascular density with a vessel-to-nuclei ratio of 0.48 ± 0.14 (n = 1000, whereas tumor tissue had a ratio of 0.13 ± 0.07 (n = 1000. For tumors, distances from cells to their nearest blood vessel were larger (average 43.8 µm, maximum 287 µm, n ? 5500 than normal cells (average 5.3 µm, maximum 67.8 µm, n ? 5500, implying that systemically delivered nanoparticles diffusing from vessels into surrounding tissue would preferentially dose healthy instead of cancerous cells. Numerical simulations of magnetically driven particle transport based on the autopsy data indicate that DMS would correct the problem by increasing nanoparticle levels in hypovascular regions of metastases to that of normal tissue, elevating the time-averaged concentration delivered to the tumor for magnetic actuation versus diffusion alone by 1.86-fold, and increasing the maximum concentration over time by 1.89-fold. Thus, DMS may prove useful in facilitating therapeutic nanoparticles to reach poorly vascularized regions of metastatic tumors that are not accessed by diffusion alone.Keywords: cancer, metastases, vasculature, drug delivery, magnetic, nanoparticles

  19. Líneas guía en autopsias por sospecha de mala praxis asistencial / Guidelines of autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice

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    J., Aso Escario.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo revisa las líneas seguidas en casos de autopsia por sospecha de mala praxis. Se revisan las indicaciones, propósitos generales, técnicas de disección, exámenes complementarios, junto con los problemas éticos, de acuerdo con la experiencia del autor y la literatura. Un grado signi [...] ficativo de entrenamiento y experiencia tanto clínica como patológica es requerido en estos casos. Esta necesidad puede contrastar con la relativa falta de expertizatión de los médicos forenses en España, y con las limitaciones de la autopsia médico-legal. Algunas guías para solucionar este problema, como consulta con especialistas independientes, o con los comités de las especialidades médicas, son consideradas. Existen importantes problemas éticos en estos fallecimientos. En consecuencia, hay una necesidad de enfoque correcto de estos problemas. Se consideran algunas orientaciones en este sentido. Abstract in english The present paper reviews the guidelines for autopsy in cases of suspected clinical malpractice. Indications, general purposes, dissection techniques, laboratory and complementary examinations, as well as ethical problems are revised, according to the author's experience and literature review. A sig [...] nificant degree of training and skill, both clinical and pathologically, are required. This needing can contrast with the relative lack of specialization of Forensic Pathologists in Spain, and limitations of the judicial autopsy in these cases. Some guidelines to solve this problem, like independent expert consultation or advise by the Specialties Boards, are considered. Important ethical issues can arise from these deaths, therefore, a needing of correct address of these issues is perceived. Some orientations in this subject are considered.

  20. Discrepâncias clínico-patológicas e achados cardiovasculares em 409 autópsias consecutivas / Clinical and pathological discrepancies and cardiovascular findings in 409 consecutive autopsies

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    Aline Fusco, Fares; Jorge, Fares; Gislaine Fusco, Fares; José Antônio, Cordeiro; Marcelo Arruda, Nakazone; Patrícia Maluf, Cury.

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: As discrepâncias entre os diagnósticos clínicos e em autópsia persistem em todo o mundo. OBJETIVO: Avaliamos as autópsias em um hospital-escola para analisar a precisão dos diagnósticos cardiovasculares clínicos em comparação aos achados post-mortem. MÉTODOS: As 409 autópsias consecutiva [...] s entre 2003 e 2006 foram analisadas em um hospital terciário de São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo (SP), Brasil. A comparação dos achados cardiovasculares clínicos e patológicos foi realizada por meio da classificação de discrepâncias de Goldman. RESULTADOS: A taxa de autópsia no hospital foi de 8%. As causas cardiovasculares de óbito representavam 42,8% (175 de 409 pacientes) dos diagnósticos de autópsia. Em 98 pacientes (56%), houve discrepâncias significativas (classes I e II), o que representa uma grande proporção de diagnósticos equivocados de infarto mesentérico (84,6%), infarto agudo do miocárdio (64,7%), dissecção da aorta (64,2%) e embolia pulmonar (62,5%). Foram observadas maiores taxas de concordância para a insuficiência cardíaca congestiva (59%) e para o acidente vascular cerebral isquêmico agudo (58,8%). A idade, o sexo, o tempo de permanência e a última unidade de admissão no hospital não foram associados aos critérios de Goldman. CONCLUSÃO: As discrepâncias dos diagnósticos clínicos e em autópsia relativos à morte cardiovascular permanecem elevados no Brasil, a despeito dos recursos tecnológicos disponíveis. Além disso, nossos achados reforçam a importância do exame post-mortem como uma contribuição para a melhoria da assistência médica. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: Discrepancies between clinical and autopsy diagnoses persists worldwide. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated autopsies in a university hospital in order to assess the accuracy of clinical cardiovascular diagnosis compared to postmortem findings. METHODS: Four hundred nine consecutive autopsies betwe [...] en 2003 and 2006 were analyzed in a tertiary-care hospital in São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil. The comparison of clinic-pathological cardiovascular findings was performed using Goldman's discrepancies classification. RESULTS: Autopsy rate at the hospital was 8%. Cardiovascular causes of death represented 42.8% (175 out of 409 patients) of autopsy diagnoses. In 98 (56%) patients, there were major discrepancies (class I and II), representing a large proportion of misdiagnoses for mesenteric infarction (84.6%), acute myocardial infarction (64.7%), aorta dissection (64.2%), and pulmonary embolism (62.5%). Highest concordance rates were observed in congestive heart failure (59%) and acute ischemic stroke (58.8%). Age, sex, length of stay and the last admission unit at the hospital were not associated with Goldman criteria. CONCLUSION: Clinic-autopsy discrepancies concerning cardiovascular death remain high in Brazil, despite technological resources available. Moreover, our findings reinforce the importance of postmortem examination in contributing to medical care improvement.

  1. Hipertrofia cardíaca esquerda e direita em necropsias de hipertensos / Left and right ventricular hypertrophy at autopsy of hypertensive individuals

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    Mirella Pessoa, Sant' Anna; Roberto José Vieira de, Mello; Luciano Tavares, Montenegro; Mônica Modesto, Araújo.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Medir a espessura ventricular direita e esquerda em falecidos com história de hipertensão arterial, submetidos a necropsias clínicas. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados 90 casos do Serviço de Verificação de Óbitos de Recife -PE, de ambos os sexos, com história de hipertensão arterial essencial, c [...] om relação à espessura das paredes cardíacas, além da correlação com outros achados de necropsia e informes clínicos. RESULTADOS: Observouse associação significativa entre a presença de hipertrofia ventricular esquerda (HVE) e direita (HVD), e de cardiopatia hipertensiva grave e HVD. Houve predomínio da HVD e HVE em homens, na faixa etária dos 60-79 anos, com maior prevalência nas etnias parda e negra, e naqueles com estado nutricional adequado ou com sobrepeso e em obesos. CONCLUSÃO: Observou-se que a presença de HVD relaciona-se com HVE, sugerindo que há fatores patogênicos semelhantes envolvidos no desenvolvimento da hipertrofia bilateral. A HVD parece associar-se à doença cardíaca mais grave, podendo, a partir de outros estudos, ser considerada novo fator prognóstico na avaliação dos pacientes hipertensos. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To measure the right and left ventricular thickness in deceased individuals with a history of hypertension submitted to clinical autopsies. METHODS: We selected 90 cases from the Death Verification Service of the city of Recife, state of Pernambuco, Brazil, of both sexes, with a history o [...] f essential arterial hypertension related to heart wall thickness, in addition to correlation with autopsy findings and other clinical reports. RESULTS: There was a significant association between the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) and between severe hypertensive cardiomyopathy and RVH. There was a predominance of RVH and LVH in men aged 60-79 years and a higher prevalence in the Brazilian mulatto and Black ethnic groups and in those with adequate nutritional status or overweight and obese individuals. CONCLUSION: It was observed that the presence of RVH was related to LVH, suggesting that there are similar pathogenic factors involved in the development of bilateral hypertrophy. The RVH seems to be associated with more severe heart disease and may, based on other studies, be considered as a new prognostic factor in the evaluation of hypertensive patients.

  2. Observar, ouvir, compartilhar: trabalho de campo para autópsias psicossociais / Watching, listening and sharing: field work for psychosocial autopsies

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    Maria Cecília de Souza, Minayo; Sonia, Grubits; Fátima Gonçalves, Cavalcante.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available O artigo descreve as etapas de realização do trabalho de campo da pesquisa. É possível prevenir a antecipação do fim? Suicídio de Idosos no Brasil e possibilidades de Atuação do Setor de Saúde, realizada em 10 municípios das cinco regiões do país. A amostra composta por 51 autópsias psicossociais ab [...] rangeu cinco idosos que faleceram por suicídio em nove municípios e seis em um deles. Oitenta e quatro familiares foram entrevistados. Trabalhou-se com um roteiro denominado autópsia psicossocial e com observação do contexto. Cada entrevista durou 60 minutos em média, e na maioria dos casos, houve mais de um encontro com os familiares. O estudo foi construído por meio de um processo coletivo que abrangeu compartilhamento da revisão bibliográfica, discussão do universo, das amostras, das estratégias de abordagem, dos resultados de campo e das análises empíricas. Este artigo destaca a preparação teórica, conceitual e prática dos pesquisadores; o processo de elaboração dos instrumentos para o trabalho de campo; informações sobre as fontes de dados existentes e sobre as efetivamente acessadas; apresentação de credencial institucional; entrada no contexto das famílias, dificuldades e estratégias para realização do estudo empírico; entrada e saída do campo; e impacto da pesquisa sobre os investigadores. Abstract in english The article describes the research realization phases of field work in ten municipalities in five regions entitled "Is it possible to prevent the anticipation of the end? Suicide among the elderly in Brazil and the possibilities for action by the Health Sector." The sample comprises 51 psychosocial [...] autopsies of 5 elderly people who committed suicide in 9 locations and 6 in another. 84 family members were interviewed. Semi-structured psychosocial autopsies and contextual observations were used. Each interview lasted 60 minutes on average and in the majority of the cases there was more than one encounter with family members. The study consisted of a collective process that involved bibliographic review, discussion of the samples, approach strategies, field results and empirical analysis. This article highlights the theoretical, conceptual and practical preparation of researchers and production and standardization of instruments; information about existing data sources and those that are actually used; introduction of institutional credentials; assessment of the family context, difficulties and strategies for empirical study; entrance to and exit from the field; and the impact of the research on the investigators.

  3. Observar, ouvir, compartilhar: trabalho de campo para autópsias psicossociais Watching, listening and sharing: field work for psychosocial autopsies

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    Maria Cecília de Souza Minayo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available O artigo descreve as etapas de realização do trabalho de campo da pesquisa. É possível prevenir a antecipação do fim? Suicídio de Idosos no Brasil e possibilidades de Atuação do Setor de Saúde, realizada em 10 municípios das cinco regiões do país. A amostra composta por 51 autópsias psicossociais abrangeu cinco idosos que faleceram por suicídio em nove municípios e seis em um deles. Oitenta e quatro familiares foram entrevistados. Trabalhou-se com um roteiro denominado autópsia psicossocial e com observação do contexto. Cada entrevista durou 60 minutos em média, e na maioria dos casos, houve mais de um encontro com os familiares. O estudo foi construído por meio de um processo coletivo que abrangeu compartilhamento da revisão bibliográfica, discussão do universo, das amostras, das estratégias de abordagem, dos resultados de campo e das análises empíricas. Este artigo destaca a preparação teórica, conceitual e prática dos pesquisadores; o processo de elaboração dos instrumentos para o trabalho de campo; informações sobre as fontes de dados existentes e sobre as efetivamente acessadas; apresentação de credencial institucional; entrada no contexto das famílias, dificuldades e estratégias para realização do estudo empírico; entrada e saída do campo; e impacto da pesquisa sobre os investigadores.The article describes the research realization phases of field work in ten municipalities in five regions entitled "Is it possible to prevent the anticipation of the end? Suicide among the elderly in Brazil and the possibilities for action by the Health Sector." The sample comprises 51 psychosocial autopsies of 5 elderly people who committed suicide in 9 locations and 6 in another. 84 family members were interviewed. Semi-structured psychosocial autopsies and contextual observations were used. Each interview lasted 60 minutes on average and in the majority of the cases there was more than one encounter with family members. The study consisted of a collective process that involved bibliographic review, discussion of the samples, approach strategies, field results and empirical analysis. This article highlights the theoretical, conceptual and practical preparation of researchers and production and standardization of instruments; information about existing data sources and those that are actually used; introduction of institutional credentials; assessment of the family context, difficulties and strategies for empirical study; entrance to and exit from the field; and the impact of the research on the investigators.

  4. HELLP syndrome in pregnancy as a cause of sudden unexpected death and spontaneous hepatic rupture: A medico-legal autopsy case report.

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    Sujirachato, Kanchana; Srisont, Smith; Peonim, Vichan

    2012-04-01

    This is the first reported medico-legal autopsy case in Thailand. It is a case of a 26-year-old Thai female with primigravida and 34 weeks gestational age that had sudden unexpected death. The laboratory investigations before death revealed evidence of hemolysis, which is decreased hematocrit, elevated lactate dehydrogenase (865 U/L), and low platelet count (8.7 x 10(9) cells/L). These findings were compatible with HELLP (Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets) syndrome. The autopsy findings showed two ruptures of the right lobe of the liver hepatic subcapsular hematoma, rupture of Glisson's capsule, and massive hemoperitoneum with abruptio placentae. Histological features of liver and kidneys revealed specific characteristics that can assist the forensic pathologist to diagnose HELLP syndrome when laboratory examinations are not available. PMID:22612019

  5. A case of radiation-induced cutaneous angiosarcoma 15 years after simultaneously occurring uterine cervical and gastric cancers discovered by autopsy

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    A case of cutaneous angiosarcoma in the skin on the left hip previously irradiated for cervical uterine squamous cell carcinoma is discovered by autopsy. The patient, a 79-year-old woman, at age 64 had been then underwent radiotherapy for the cervical uterine carcinoma. A total dose of 50 Gy was administrated. At 79 years of age, she noticed multiple purple black nodular skin lesions on the left hip and thigh. She was hospitalized for 8 days, but her general condition rapidly deteriorated and she died. An autopsy revealed that the skin lesion was composed of atypical polygonal cell proliferation forming irregularly anastomosing vascularity, together with hemorrhage and necrosis. The tumor cells were positive for both CD34 and factor 8-related antigens. The final diagnosis was angiosarcoma. (author)

  6. Characteristics of cirrhosis undiagnosed during life: a comparative analysis of 73 undiagnosed cases and 149 diagnosed cases of cirrhosis, detected in 4929 consecutive autopsies.

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    Graudal, Niels; Leth, Peter Mygind

    1991-01-01

    In 4929 consecutive autopsies performed during a period of 4 years, 222 cases (4.5%) of cirrhosis were found, of which 149 (3%) were detected while the patients were alive (diagnosed cirrhosis) and 73 (1.5%) were not detected while the patients were living (undiagnosed cirrhosis). Fifty-three of the 73 undiagnosed patients appeared to be completely without signs of cirrhosis (silent cirrhosis). In the diagnosed group, 70% of patients died from hepatic causes, in contrast to 16% in the undiagnosed group. At autopsy, the following complications of cirrhosis were found more frequently in the diagnosed group than in the undiagnosed group: ascites (41% vs. 8%), oesophageal varices (44% vs. 10%), splenomegaly (52% vs. 29%). The prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma did not differ significantly in the two groups (12% vs. 8%). It is concluded that cirrhosis without obvious signs occurs relatively frequently, and that no sensitive non-invasive screening methods are available at present.

  7. The effects of aging on biceps brachii muscle fibers: a morphometrical study from biopsies and autopsies Efeitos do envelhecimento sobre as fibras do músculo biceps braquial: estudo morfométrico em biópsias e autópsias

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    Ana Cláudia Mattiello-Sverzut; Leila Chimelli; Maria Silvia de Assis Moura; Silvia Teixeira; José Alberto Mello de Oliveira

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    OBJECTIVES: In order to study the morphology and size of muscle fibers, cross sections of biceps brachii samples from autopsies, up to 9 hours after death, and biopsies of 72 subjects were compared. The subjects aged 13 to 84 years in both sexes. METHODS: The samples obtained from autopsies (n=47) were from subjects with sudden death, or who died after acute disease without evidence of neuromuscular involvement. The biopsies (n=25) were from patients with symptoms suggestive of inflammatory o...

  8. Comparative study of abnormalities of central nervous system in children and adults autopsied after bone marrow transplantation Estudo comparativo das alterações no sistema nervoso central de crianças e adultos autopsiados após transplante de medula óssea

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    Paulo R. Benites Filho; Luis G. M. Pinto de Almeida; José Zanis Neto; Ricardo Pasquini; LUIZ F. BLEGGI-TORRES

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    BACKGROUND: We compare neuropathological abnormalities in children and adults after bone marrow transplantation (BMT) by means of autopsy in the Department of Medical Pathology, Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. METHODS: Autopsy reports of 180 patients were reviewed. They were divided in two groups: patients under 15 years old and those 15 or older. Age, gender, clinical diagnosis at time of BMT, survival time, neuropathological abnormalities and cause of death were analyzed. RES...

  9. Suicide or accident? A psychological autopsy study of suicide in youths under the age of 16 compared to deaths labeled as accidents

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    Freuchen Anne; Kjelsberg Ellen; Grøholt Berit

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    Abstract Objective In the present paper, we describe suicide in youths under 16?years of age and compare their risk factors for suicide to those of older adolescents as described in the literature. Furthermore, we evaluate the possible mislabeling of suicides as accidents, and vice versa. Method We used the data from a nationwide psychological autopsy of youths 15?years and younger who had committed suicide or died in accidents in Norway from 1993 to 2004 (n?=?84). We additionally constructed...

  10. Unnatural Deaths in Shanghai from 2000 to 2009: A Retrospective Study of Forensic Autopsy Cases at the Shanghai Public Security Bureau

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    HE, MENG; Fang, You-Xin; Lin, Jun-Yi; Ma, Kai-Jun; LI, BEI-XU

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    Shanghai is the most developed city in China and has a soaring population. This study uses forensic epidemiology to determine the relationship between unnatural deaths and the development in Shanghai, based on recently released forensic autopsy cases from the 2000s at the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (SPSB). There were 5425 accidental deaths, 2696 homicides, 429 suicides, 186 natural deaths, and 1399 deaths of undetermined cause. There was a male-to-female ratio of 2.02:1, and the average ...

  11. Verbal autopsy interpretation: a comparative analysis of the InterVA model versus physician review in determining causes of death in the Nairobi DSS

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    Kyobutungi Catherine; Oti Samuel O

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Developing countries generally lack complete vital registration systems that can produce cause of death information for health planning in their populations. As an alternative, verbal autopsy (VA) - the process of interviewing family members or caregivers on the circumstances leading to death - is often used by Demographic Surveillance Systems to generate cause of death data. Physician review (PR) is the most common method of interpreting VA, but this method is a time- and...

  12. Myocardial contrast defect associated with thrombotic coronary occlusion: Pre-autopsy diagnosis of a cardiac death with post-mortem CT angiography

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    Lee, Heon; Cha, Jang Gyu [Dept. of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hye Jin; Lee, Soo Kyoung; Yang, Kyung Moo [Dept. of Forensic Medicine, National Forensic Service, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

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    We report the case of a female who died of suspected acute myocardial infarction. Post-mortem CT angiography (PMCTA) was performed with intravascular contrast infusion before the standard autopsy, and it successfully demonstrated the complete thrombotic occlusion of a coronary artery and also a corresponding perfusion defect on myocardium. We herein describe the PMCTA findings of a cardiac death with special emphasis on the potential benefits of this novel CT technique in forensic practice.

  13. Myocardial contrast defect associated with thrombotic coronary occlusion: Pre-autopsy diagnosis of a cardiac death with post-mortem CT angiography

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    We report the case of a female who died of suspected acute myocardial infarction. Post-mortem CT angiography (PMCTA) was performed with intravascular contrast infusion before the standard autopsy, and it successfully demonstrated the complete thrombotic occlusion of a coronary artery and also a corresponding perfusion defect on myocardium. We herein describe the PMCTA findings of a cardiac death with special emphasis on the potential benefits of this novel CT technique in forensic practice

  14. Hepatobiliary alterations in massive biliary ascariasis: histopathological aspects of an autopsy case Lesões hepatobiliares em ascaridíase biliar maciça: aspectos histopatológicos em um caso de autópsia

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    Luiz Carlos da Costa Gayotto; Regina Maria Leitão Muszkat; Irene Vieira de Souza

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    Hepatobiliary alterations found in an autopsy case of massive Biliary Ascariasis, are reported on histological grounds. Severe cholangitis was the main finding, but other changes were also detected, such as pyloric and intestinal metaplasia, hyperplasia of the epithelial lining, with intraductal papillomas and adenomatous proliferation. Remnants of the worm were observed tightly adhered to the epithelium, forming microscopic intrahepatic calculi. Mucopolysaccharides, especially acid, showed t...

  15. Aplicación del sistema de puntuación del daño múltiple de órganos en autopsias / Application of the scoring system of multiple organ failure at autopsy

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    Idalmis, Rodríguez Rivera; Teresita, Montero González; José Hurtado, de Mendoza Amat; Pablo Luis, Cabrera Rosell.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: el estudio sistemático de las autopsias ha permitido caracterizar el daño múltiple de órganos. El sistema de puntuación, comprobado primero en un modelo experimental y adaptado posteriormente a la morfología humana, permite modificar los criterios diagnósticos sobre dicho daño, y por e [...] nde, una interpretación más objetiva del estudio. Objetivo: caracterizar el empleo del referido sistema de puntuación en la práctica del trabajo asistencial para estudiar las autopsias. Métodos: se revisaron las autopsias contenidas en la base de datos del Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control de Anatomía Patológica para identificar el diagnóstico del daño y reevaluarlos con los criterios actuales. Resultados: la reevaluación de los casos mostró la presencia del daño múltiple de órganos en el 87 % de los casos estudiados, excluyendo al 13 % de este criterio diagnóstico. Conclusiones: el sistema de puntuación para el diagnóstico del daño múltiple de órganos aplicado en la reevaluación de autopsias, permite caracterizar con mayor precisión y objetividad este diagnóstico. Abstract in english Introduction: the systematic study of autopsies has allowed the characterization of multiple organ failure. The scoring system, first tested in experimental and subsequently adapted to human morphology, allows modifying the diagnostic criteria for such damage, and therefore a more objective interpre [...] tation of the study. Objective: To describe the use of this scoring system in practice care to study the autopsies. Methods: The autopsies, contained in the database of the Automated System of Registration and Control of Pathology, were reviewed to identify the diagnosis of the damage and reassess current criteria. Results: Re-assessment of cases showed the presence of multiple organ failure in 87 % of the cases studied, excluding 13 % from this diagnostic criterion. Conclusions: The scoring system for the diagnosis of multiple organ failure, applied for reassessing autopsies allows characterizing this diagnosis much precisely and objectively.

  16. Postmortem interval alters the water relaxation and diffusion properties of rat nervous tissue – Implications for MRI studies of human autopsy samples

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    Shepherd, Timothy M.; Flint, Jeremy; Thelwall, Peter E; Stanisz, Greg J; Mareci, Thomas H; Yachnis, Anthony T.; Blackband, Stephen J

    2008-01-01

    High-resolution imaging of human autopsy tissues may improve our understanding of in vivo MRI findings, but interpretation is complicated because samples are obtained by immersion fixation following a postmortem interval (PMI). This study tested the hypotheses that immersion fixation and PMI's from 0 - 24 hours would alter the water relaxation and diffusion properties in rat cortical slice and spinal cord models of human nervous tissue. Diffusion data collected from rat cortical slices at mul...

  17. An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis due to small doses of irradiation

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    An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis is reported. A 68 year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Lung cancer was diagnosed and treated with radiotherapy. The radiotherapy (1,200 cGy) was discontinued, however because his general condition deteriorated. Chest x-rays then showed a pneumonia-like shadow in the projected field of irradiation. The same shadow was observed in the contralateral lung field one month later. Gynecomastia and an elevated level of serum HCG were noticed during hospitalization. The patient died and an autopsy was performed. Histopathological examination upon autopsy confirmed a large cell carcinoma of the lung which stained positively for HCG with an immunoenzyme labelling technique using the PAP method. Marked fibrosis and thickening of the alveolar septae were histologically demonstrated in the projected field of irradiation and the contralateral field where chest x-rays showed the pneumonia-like shadow. (author)

  18. An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis due to small doses of irradiation

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    Tano, Yoshihiko; Adachi, Michifumi; Kimura, Makoto; Matsushima, Toshiharu; Torii, Takashi (Kawasaki Medical School, Kawasaki Hospital, Okayama (Japan))

    1990-07-01

    An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis is reported. A 68 year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Lung cancer was diagnosed and treated with radiotherapy. The radiotherapy (1,200 cGy) was discontinued, however because his general condition deteriorated. Chest x-rays then showed a pneumonia-like shadow in the projected field of irradiation. The same shadow was observed in the contralateral lung field one month later. Gynecomastia and an elevated level of serum HCG were noticed during hospitalization. The patient died and an autopsy was performed. Histopathological examination upon autopsy confirmed a large cell carcinoma of the lung which stained positively for HCG with an immunoenzyme labelling technique using the PAP method. Marked fibrosis and thickening of the alveolar septae were histologically demonstrated in the projected field of irradiation and the contralateral field where chest x-rays showed the pneumonia-like shadow. (author).

  19. Bone marrow necrosis and fat embolism: an autopsy report of a severe complication of hemoglobin SC disease

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    Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Sickle Cell Disease encompasses a group of disorders related with the hemoglobin S and other hemoglobin genotypes. The clinical manifestation and the severity of symptoms are dependent on the specific genotype. In this setting, homozygous genotype (HbSS presents an early onset of symptoms and a low expectancy of lifetime. However, the SC genotype (HbSC, which apparently shows a less severe clinical course, may exhibit the same complications of HbSS. These complications are usually manifested late in the course of life, when compared with the HbSS patients. It is noteworthy that HbSC may present a normal hematocrit, and therefore stays unknown until the first complication, that may be disastrous. The authors report a case of an African-Descendant woman, aging 65 years, with no previous diagnosis of anemia who sought medical attention because of a thoracic back pain followed by fever and altered mental status. The clinical picture deteriorated very fast with multiple organ failure and death. The autopsy findings concluded by generalized vaso-occlusive crisis, bone marrow necrosis and bone marrow and fat embolism, mainly to the lungs and kidney. The authors call attention for the knowledge of this severe life threatening complication, mainly in a country with a high Afro-Descendant population.

  20. Autopsy studies of Hashimoto's thyroiditis in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1954-1974): relation to atomic bomb radiation

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    Asano, M. (Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan); Norman, J.E. Jr.; Kato, H.; Yagawa, K.

    1978-01-01

    The authors examined 155 autopsy cases of Hashimoto's thyroiditis in the Life Span Study sample including both A-bomb survivors and controls in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1954 to 1974). Hashimoto's thyroiditis was classified into lymphoid, diffuse and fibrous types and the following results were obtained. No difference existed in the effects of A-bomb radiation in the incidence and ATB. The ratio of males to females did not reveal statistical significance, even though reversed ratio was noted in the high dose group. The variation of thyroid gland weight in T65 dose or by variant showed no significant pattern, even though the smallest average weight was found in the highest radiation exposure group. The complications in the patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis were noted to have high prevalance of ovarian cancer and low prevalence of stomach cancer and total cancer. Only two patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis were found to be complicated with thyroid carcinoma. Among collagen diseases, the prevalence of rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis was high as complication. And the prevalence of combined diseases suggested that no late effect of A-bomb radiation existed.

  1. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in a worker at an offset color proof-printing company: An autopsy case report.

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    Tomimaru, Yoshito; Kobayashi, Shogo; Wada, Hiroshi; Hama, Naoki; Kawamoto, Koichi; Eguchi, Hidetoshi; Kira, Toshihiko; Morii, Eiichi; Doki, Yuichiro; Mori, Masaki; Nagano, Hiroaki

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    A 40-year-old Japanese man visited our hospital after test results indicated elevated hepatobiliary enzymes. He had worked at a printing plant for 8 years and been exposed to organic solvents, including 1,2-dichloropropane (1,2-DCP) and dichloromethane (DCM). Abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed an intrahepatic tumor with dilation of the intrahepatic bile duct. He was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. He had no known risk factors for cholangiocarcinoma. Extended left hepatectomy with lymph node dissection was performed and the tumor was histologically diagnosed as well-differentiated adenocarcinoma. A histological examination also showed biliary intraepithelial preneoplastic lesions in non-cancerous liver areas. Two years after surgery, the patient developed jaundice, esophageal varices and ascites. A CT examination showed liver cirrhosis without recurrence of the cholangiocarcinoma. Although a liver transplantation was planned as a therapeutic option for his liver cirrhosis, his liver failure progressed rapidly and he died before transplantation could be performed. At autopsy, fibrosis was found in the whole liver, especially in the wall of the bile duct and periductal area suggesting chronic bile duct injury due to exposure to organic solvents. Taken together, the current case may suggest that exposure to organic solvents, including 1,2-DCP and DCM, is a risk factor for cholangiocarcinoma. Identifying risk factors for cholangiocarcinoma will help identify the mechanism and help prevent development of the disease. PMID:24849871

  2. [Autopsy case of pulmonary zygomycosis and pneumocystis pneumonia in a patient with interstitial pneumonia treated by corticosteroid therapy].

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    Mukasa, Yosuke; Ichiyasu, Hidenori; Akaike, Kimitaka; Okamoto, Shinichiro; Komohara, Yoshihiro; Kohrogi, Hirotsugu

    2010-11-01

    We report a 75-year-old man with pneumoconiosis, interstitial pneumonia and diabetes mellitus, who had carcinoma of the buccal mucosa. After resection of the carcinoma, he was given corticosteroids for the deterioration of interstitial pneumonia, but 38 days after initiating steroid therapy, he was admitted to our hospital with severe hypoxemia and multiple cavitary lesions superimposed on ground-glass attenuation in both lung fields. The Aspergillus antigen was positive in his serum and examination of his bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid revealed mixed infections with filamentous fungus and Pneumocystis jirovecii. Pulmonary aspergillosis and pneumocystis pneumonia with an immunocompromised state was diagnosed, and voriconazole, sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim and high-dose corticosteroids were given. At 20 days after these treatments he developed bloody sputum, and Cunninghamella bertholletiae was isolated from the BAL fluid obtained at admission. A diagnosis of pulmonary zygomycosis was finally established. Amphotericin B therapy was started, and the dose was increased thereafter. Despite intensive treatment he died 18 days later. Histological examination of lung tissue obtained at autopsy showed invasive growth of zygomycetes in the necrotic tissue and the cavity wall. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of concurrent Cunninghamella bertholletiae and Pneumocystis jirovecii infection during steroid therapy for interstitial pneumonia. PMID:21141065

  3. Release of metals from osteosynthesis implants as a method for identification: post-autopsy histopathological and ultrastructural forensic study.

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    Palazzo, Elisa; Andreola, Salvatore; Battistini, Alessio; Gentile, Guendalina; Zoja, Riccardo

    2011-01-01

    Metal structures--especially of stainless steel, titanium and their alloys (biomaterials)--are widely used in orthopaedic practice and the subject of constant study in bioengineering and preventive medicine. This study presents the first experience of forensic research into the presence of permanent tissue variations around metal implants in various bone structures for the purpose of identification, with particular reference to skeletal remains or severely decomposed corpses in the absence of other identifying elements. The evaluation was conducted on 12 corpses who had undergone osteosynthesis intra-vitam, whose implants were still in place or had been removed, in comparison with five controls who had never undergone osteosynthesis. Bone fragments taken during autopsy were subjected to histopathological and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive electroscopy examination in order to reveal and characterise any metal particles originating from osteosynthesis. The study enabled the discovery of intra-bone metal particles in tissues treated by osteosynthesis even in bone areas where the implants had been removed and even where there were no longer any radiological signs of their application. These results are therefore of considerable forensic importance, especially in the area of identification, providing a valid means of recognition beyond that of the well-established use of in situ metal implants. PMID:19956966

  4. Sample registration of vital events with verbal autopsy: a renewed commitment to measuring and monitoring vital statistics

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    Philip W. Setel

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Registration of births, recording deaths by age, sex and cause, and calculating mortality levels and differentials are fundamental to evidence-based health policy, monitoring and evaluation. Yet few of the countries with the greatest need for these data have functioning systems to produce them despite legislation providing for the establishment and maintenance of vital registration. Sample vital registration (SVR, when applied in conjunction with validated verbal autopsy procedures and implemented in a nationally representative sample of population clusters represents an affordable, cost-effective, and sustainable short- and medium-term solution to this problem. SVR complements other information sources by producing age-, sex-, and cause-specific mortality data that are more complete and continuous than those currently available. The tools and methods employed in an SVR system, however, are imperfect and require rigorous validation and continuous quality assurance; sampling strategies for SVR are also still evolving. Nonetheless, interest in establishing SVR is rapidly growing in Africa and Asia. Better systems for reporting and recording data on vital events will be sustainable only if developed hand-in-hand with existing health information strategies at the national and district levels; governance structures; and agendas for social research and development monitoring. If the global community wishes to have mortality measurements 5 or 10 years hence, the foundation stones of SVR must be laid today.

  5. Relation of radiation of gastric carcinoma obserbed in autopsy cases in a fixed population Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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    The relationship between exposure dose and the occurrence of stomach cancer, especially the histological type of the cancer was studied in 535 autopsy cases which has died of stomach cancer from 1961 to 1974 in the Radiation Effect Research Foundation. The incidence of stomach cancer tended to be higher in the group with high exposure dose in Hiroshima, and only in the group with 300 - 399 rads in Nagasaki. The relationship between the incidence of stomach cancer by age at the exposure and the exposure dose was studied by the relative risk (200-499 rads/ 0 rads) of the incidence of stomach cancer by age. The relative risk was 1.56 in the group which had been more than 50 years old at exposure in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The risk of stomach cancer was higher in more aged persons at the exposure. From the aspect of the relationship between histological type of stomach cancer and exposure dose, the incidence of intestinal type or diffuse type tended to be higher in the persons who had much more doses. Because there were small number of cases, there was no statistically significant differences between the incidence of stomach cancer and the exposure dose. (Serizawa, K.)

  6. Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis (abdominal cocoon) associated with liver cirrhosis and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: autopsy case.

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    Yamada, Sohsuke; Tanimoto, Akihide; Matsuki, Yasumasa; Hisada, Yuji; Sasaguri, Yasuyuki

    2009-09-01

    A case of sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis (SEP) associated with liver cirrhosis (LC) and complicated by diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is reported herein. A 49-year-old Japanese man had undergone peritoneo-venous shunt against refractory ascites due to hepatitis C virus-positive uncompensated LC for 2 years. After he received a diagnosis of DLBCL of the left neck lymph node 3 months before his death, palliative care was given because of his poor general condition. He developed severe abdominal distention and pain over 1 week and was found to have marked ascites and whole bowel lumped together on abdominal CT. At autopsy, the peritoneum was covered with a thick white membrane and the bowel could not be distinguished, which was macroscopically characterized by a cocoon-like appearance. Histology indicated a proliferation of diffusely thickened or hyalinized fibrocollagenous tissue in the entire peritoneum with a slight chronic inflammatory infiltrate and without remarkable change of mucosa. A diagnosis of SEP, also known as abdominal cocoon, was established based on these features. Additionally, in the abdominal cavity, a large amount of serous ascites and multiple peritoneal nodules or masses involved by DLBCL were recognized. To the authors' knowledge this is the first case report of SEP associated with LC and complicated by the invasion of DLBCL in the abdominal cavity. PMID:19712139

  7. Comparing verbal autopsy cause of death findings as determined by physician coding and probabilistic modelling: a public health analysis of 54?000 deaths in Africa and Asia

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    Peter Byass

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Coverage of civil registration and vital statistics varies globally, with most deaths in Africa and Asia remaining either unregistered or registered without cause of death. One important constraint has been a lack of fit–for–purpose tools for registering deaths and assigning causes in situations where no doctor is involved. Verbal autopsy (interviewing care–givers and witnesses to deaths and interpreting their information into causes of death is the only available solution. Automated interpretation of verbal autopsy data into cause of death information is essential for rapid, consistent and affordable processing. Methods: Verbal autopsy archives covering 54182 deaths from five African and Asian countries were sourced on the basis of their geographical, epidemiological and methodological diversity, with existing physician–coded causes of death attributed. These data were unified into the WHO 2012 verbal autopsy standard format, and processed using the InterVA–4 model. Cause–specific mortality fractions from InterVA–4 and physician codes were calculated for each of 60 WHO 2012 cause categories, by age group, sex and source. Results from the two approaches were assessed for concordance and ratios of fractions by cause category. As an alternative metric, the Wilcoxon matched–pairs signed ranks test with two one–sided tests for stochastic equivalence was used. Findings: The overall concordance correlation coefficient between InterVA–4 and physician codes was 0.83 (95% CI 0.75 to 0.91 and this increased to 0.97 (95% CI 0.96 to 0.99 when HIV/AIDS and pulmonary TB deaths were combined into a single category. Over half (53% of the cause category ratios between InterVA–4 and physician codes by source were not significantly different from unity at the 99% level, increasing to 62% by age group. Wilcoxon tests for stochastic equivalence also demonstrated equivalence. Conclusions: These findings show strong concordance between InterVA–4 and physician–coded findings over this large and diverse data set. Although these analyses cannot prove that either approach constitutes absolute truth, there was high public health equivalence between the findings. Given the urgent need for adequate cause of death data from settings where deaths currently pass unregistered, and since the WHO 2012 verbal autopsy standard and InterVA–4 tools represent relatively simple, cheap and available methods for determining cause of death on a large scale, they should be used as current tools of choice to fill gaps in cause of death data.

  8. Cerebral and cardiac amyloidosis in autopsied elderly individuals / Beta-fibrilose encefálica e cardíaca em idosos autopsiados

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    Lucas Martins de Exel, Nunes; Ana Karina Marques, Salge; Flávia Aparecida de, Oliveira; Vicente de Paula A., Teixeira; Marlene Antônia dos, Reis.

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    Full Text Available RESUMO INTRODUÇÃO: A amiloidose em idosos pode ser uma alteração independente e própria do envelhecimento. Entretanto, as características clínicas, fisiopatológicas e bioquímicas da Amiloidose relacionada à idade ainda permanecem incertas. OBJETIVO: Verificar se o coração e o encéfalo de indivíduos [...] acima de 60 anos apresentavam depósito amilóide. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados laudos consecutivos de autópsias de indivíduos acima de 60 anos realizadas entre 1976 e 2000, que apresentavam corações sem cardiopatias, com sorologia negativa para Doença de Chagas e encéfalos sem alterações morfológicas de encefalopatias, chegando a um n de 10 casos. Lâminas de fragmentos do coração e de encéfalo foram processadas e analisadas em microscopia de luz comum e polarizada. RESULTADOS: Dos 10 casos, 3 apresentaram depósito amilóide no encéfalo e 1 no encéfalo e no coração. Em 50% dos casos, os indivíduos tinham entre 60 e 69 anos. A relação entre o peso encefálico e o peso corporal mostrou ter uma associação significativa com os casos positivos, sendo esta menor em relação aos negativos. CONCLUSÃO: A análise conjunta de depósitos amilóides em encéfalo e coração de indivíduos idosos talvez direcione para um acometimento sistêmico comum ao envelhecimento natural. Alguma alteração adicional do organismo poderia determinar a quebra de um equilíbrio natural sobre o acúmulo dessas proteínas, levando dessa forma aos contextos patológicos da amiloidose. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Amyloidosis in elderly individuals can be an independent alteration and a characteristic of aging. However, the clinical, pathophysiologic, and biochemical characteristics of amyloidosis related to age remain uncertain. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent t [...] o which the heart and/or the brain of individuals aged 60 years or over exhibits amyloid deposits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The autopsy findings of individuals who were at least 60 years old were studied. The autopsies took place between the years of 1976 and 2000. A total of 10 cases were selected that had hearts without cardiopathies, had negative serology for Chagas' disease, and had brains without morphological changes related to encephalopathies. Slides with fragments of heart and brain were processed and analyzed using polarized and common light microscopy. RESULTS: Of the 10 cases, 4 were positive for amyloidosis. All had positive findings in the brain, and 1 case also had positive findings in the heart. Among the positive cases, 50% were of people aged 60 to 69 years. There appeared to be a relationship between the presence of amyloid deposits and the ratio of brain and body weight, with the ratio in the positive cases being smaller than in the negative cases. CONCLUSIONS: The analysis of amyloid deposits in the brains and hearts of elderly individuals shows that such deposits may lead to a systemic attack of senility, common to natural aging. It is not certain that beta-amyloid deposits would alone bring such drastic repercussions to the individual. Some additional disorders of the organism could cause the breakdown of the natural balance related to the accumulation of these proteins, leading the way to the pathological contexts of amyloidosis.

  9. Revealing the burden of maternal mortality: a probabilistic model for determining pregnancy-related causes of death from verbal autopsies

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    Desta Teklay

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Substantial reductions in maternal mortality are called for in Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG-5, thus assuming that maternal mortality is measurable. A key difficulty is attributing causes of death for the many women who die unaided in developing countries. Verbal autopsy (VA can elicit circumstances of death, but data need to be interpreted reliably and consistently to serve as global indicators. Recent developments in probabilistic modelling of VA interpretation are adapted and assessed here for the specific circumstances of pregnancy-related death. Methods A preliminary version of the InterVA-M probabilistic VA interpretation model was developed and refined with adult female VA data from several sources, and then assessed against 258 additional VA interviews from Burkina Faso. Likely causes of death produced by the model were compared with causes previously determined by local physicians. Distinction was made between free-text and closed-question data in the VA interviews, to assess the added value of free-text material on the model's output. Results Following rationalisation between the model and physician interpretations, cause-specific mortality fractions were broadly similar. Case-by-case agreement between the model and any of the reviewing physicians reached approximately 60%, rising to approximately 80% when cases with a discrepancy were reviewed by an additional physician. Cardiovascular disease and malaria showed the largest differences between the methods, and the attribution of infections related to pregnancy also varied. The model estimated 30% of deaths to be pregnancy-related, of which half were due to direct causes. Data derived from free-text made no appreciable difference. Conclusion InterVA-M represents a potentially valuable new tool for measuring maternal mortality in an efficient, consistent and standardised way. Further development, refinement and validation are planned. It could become a routine tool in research and service settings where levels and changes in pregnancy-related deaths need to be measured, for example in assessing progress towards MDG-5.

  10. Targeted next generation sequencing application in cardiac channelopathies: Analysis of a cohort of autopsy-negative sudden unexplained deaths.

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    Farrugia, A; Keyser, C; Hollard, C; Raul, J S; Muller, J; Ludes, B

    2015-09-01

    Genetic testing for cardiac channelopathies in sudden unexplained death (SUD) has developed substantially over the last years. The Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology provides an unprecedented opportunity to screen for genetic variations underlying arrhythmogenic genes in a short period of time at a low cost. The present study aimed to perform genetic testing with NGS technologies on the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine™ (Ion PGM™) sequencer, in targeting a total of 23 genes reported to be associated with inherited cardiac channelopathies in order to identify the possible cause of death in a cohort of post-mortem cases. The molecular analyses focused on 16 cases of SUD, aged less than 35 years old. In all cases, the cause of death could not be determined after a rigorous autopsy associated with histopathological and toxicological analyses according to the guidelines of the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology. DNA was extracted from fresh frozen tissue. An average of 200 variants was identified per case. However, after the prioritization process using a new scoring program (VaRank) and after the conjunction of clinical data and molecular findings, four "likely pathogenic" variants (including two undescribed variants), were identified in three cases (18.75%) of our cohort in the genes KCNH2, ANK2, SCN5A and RYR2. One case, who died during psychiatric hospitalization after administration of a QT prolonging drug, showed a double "likely pathogenic" variant in Long QT genes (ANK2 and SCN5A) which may have predisposed to drug-induced cardiac arrhythmias. Our study illustrates that the NGS approach based on AmpliSeq™ libraries and Ion Torrent PGM™ sequencing may be an efficient approach, integrated to post-mortem examination. Given the massive amount of information generated by NGS, a rigorous filtration strategy of variants coupled with multidisciplinary collaboration is crucial to determine the potential pathogenic role of identified variants in the cause of death. PMID:26164358

  11. Verbal autopsy: an analysis of the common causes of childhood death in the Barekese sub-district of Ghana

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The availability of mortality data for any society plays an essential role in health monitoring and evaluation, as well as in the design of health interventions. However, most resource-poor countries such as Ghana have no reliable vital registration system. In these instances, verbal autopsy (VA may be used as an alternative method to gather mortality data. In rural Ghana, the research team utilized a VA questionnaire to interview caretakers who were present with a child under the age of five prior to death. The data was given to two physicians who independently assigned the most probable cause of death for the child. A third, blinded physician analyzed the data in the cases where the first two physicians disagreed. When there was agreement between physicians, this was assigned as the cause of death for the individual child. During the study period, we recorded 118 deaths from 92 households. Twenty-nine (24.6% were neonatal deaths with the leading causes of death being neonatal sepsis, birth asphyxia and pneumonia. The remaining 89 (75.4% were post-neonatal deaths with the most common causes of death being pneumonia, malaria and malnutrition. While 63/118 (53.4% deaths occurred in the home, there is no statistically significant relationship between the location of the home and the time of travel to the nearest health facility (P=0.132. VA is an important epidemiological tool for obtaining mortality data in communities that lack reliable vital registration systems. Improvement in health care is necessary to address the large number of deaths occurring in the home.

  12. [An autopsy case of B lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma with hemophagocytic syndrome infiltrating in the central nervous systems].

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    Fujii, Tomomi; Shimada, Keiji; Tanaka, Shizu; Tanaka, Haruyuki; Amano, Itsuto; Kimura, Hiroshi; Konishi, Noboru

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    The hemophagocytic syndrome(HPS) after the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation(SHCT) may be triggered by the reactivation of virus such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) under immunosuppressive state. The present case was a 17-year old man who was diagnosed as B lymphoblastic leukemia. Bone marrow aspiration showed 96.4% of lymphoblasts with positive for CD19 and CD20, negative for CD66 and POX, and dot staining for PAS. E2A/PBX1 chimeric mRNA was positive as assessed by RT-PCR method. He received three courses of induction chemotherapy followed by allo-bone marrow transplantation (BMT) from his sister, but had a relapse three months after allo-BMT. He received allo peripheral blood-SCT (PBSCT) from his mother. The hematopoietic cells successfully engrafted, but the mixed chimerism of 2 donors persisted. On day 149, he had a fever, and hemophagocytosis was found by bone marrow aspiration. EBV genomic DNA was detected for 1.62 x 10(3) copies. CMV and fungus were negative in blood. On day 165, the patient had been observed disturbance of consciousness, neck stiffness, and died on day 170 due to multiple organ failure. Autopsy examination showed infiltration of CD20+ leukemic cells into the perivascular space of cerebrum, brainstem and spinal cord, with hemophagocytosis by CD6+ macrophages. In situ hybridization of EB-virus encoded small RNA (EBER) confirmed EBV infection of B-lymphoblastic cells infiltrated in the cerebrum. HPS was considered to be triggered by the reactivation of EBV, due to hematopoietic dysfunction based on long-term immunosuppressive treatment and mixed chimerism derived from a HSCT from 2 donors. PMID:24218764

  13. Suicidio y género en Antioquia (Colombia): estudio de autopsia psicológica / Suicide and Gender in Antioquia (Colombia): A Psychological Autopsy Study

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    Andrea, González; Ángela, Rodríguez Betancur; Alejandro, Aristizábal; Jenny, García Valencia; Carlos, Palacio; Carlos, López Jaramillo.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Identificar diferencias en las características sociodemográficas y clínicas entre hombres y mujeres suicidas en una muestra de Antioquia (Colombia). Método: Se estudiaron mediante autopsia psicológica 144 sujetos que se habían suicidado entre 2006 y 2007. Se determinaron las diferencias en [...] tre suicidas por sexos y las características que se asociaron de manera independiente con ser hombre o mujer. Resultados: Se identificaron diferencias significativas independientes del sexo. La manera de muerte con arma de fuego, vivir solo y suicidio bajo efectos del alcohol se asociaron con el sexo masculino; mientras, el suicidio en casa y dejar una nota previa se asociaron con el sexo femenino. Conclusiones: El presente estudio, realizado en población antioqueña, identificó diferencias en variables sociodemográficas, clínicas y características del acto suicida entre hombres y mujeres. A Zesar de las limitaciones, los presentes hallazgos apuntan hacia la posibilidad de realizar intervenciones de salud mental de prevención del suicidio de mayor especificidad teniendo en cuenta el sexo de la población. Abstract in english Objective: To identify differences in the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics between suicidal men and women in a sample from Antioquia (Colombia). Method: 144 subjects who committed suicide between 2006 and 2007 were studied by means of a psychological autopsy. Gender differences and cha [...] racteristics associated independently to being a man or a woman were determined. Results: Significant differences independent of sex were identified. Death by firearm, living alone and suicide under the effects of alcohol intoxication were associated with the male gender, whereas suicide at home and leaving a note were associated with the female gender. Conclusions: The present study identified differences in socio-demographic and clinical variables, and characteristics of the suicide act, between men and women. In spite of its limitations, the present findings point towards the possibility of carrying out more specific actions in suicide prevention by taking gender into account.

  14. Combining diagnostic categories to improve agreement between death certificate and autopsy classifications of cause of death for atomic bomb survivors, 1950-87

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    Several investigators have observed less-than-desirable agreement between death certificate diagnoses and autopsy diagnoses for most specific causes of death, and even for some causes grouped by major disease category. Our results from data on 5130 autopsies of members of the Life Span Study cohort of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki conducted prior to September 1987 were equally discouraging. Among diseases with more than 10 cases observed, confirmation rates ranged from 13 % to 97 % and detection rates from 6 % to 90 %. Both rates were greater than 70 % for only 6 of 60 disease categories studied and for only 1 of 16 categories defined by major International Classification of Disease categories (neoplasms). This deficiency suggests cautious interpretation of results from studies based on death certificate diagnoses. To determine whether any groupings of diagnoses might meet acceptable accuracy requirements, we applied a hierarchical clustering method to data from these 5130 cohort members. The resulting classification system had 10 categories: breast cancer; other female cancers; cancers of the digestive organs; cancer of the larynx; leukemia; nasal, ear, or sinus cancer; tongue cancer; external causes; vascular disease; and all other causes. Confirmation and detection rates for each of these categories were at least 66 %. Although the categories are broad, particularly for nonneoplastic diseases, further divisions led to unacceptable accuracy rates for some of the resulting diagnostic groups. Using the derived classification system, there was 72 % agreement overall between death certificate and autopsy diagnoses compared to 53 % agreement for a second system obtained by grouping strictly by major disease category. Eighty-seven percent agreement was observed for a similar classification system with vascular disease grouped with all other nonneoplastic diseases. Further agglomeration achieved very little additional improvement. (J.P.N.)

  15. Combining diagnostic categories to improve agreement between death certificate and autopsy classifications of cause of death for atomic bomb survivors, 1950-87

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    Carter, R.L.; Ron, E.; Mabuchi, Kiyohiko

    1993-05-01

    Several investigators have observed less-than-desirable agreement between death certificate diagnoses and autopsy diagnoses for most specific causes of death, and even for some causes grouped by major disease category. Our results from data on 5130 autopsies of members of the Life Span Study cohort of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki conducted prior to September 1987 were equally discouraging. Among diseases with more than 10 cases observed, confirmation rates ranged from 13 % to 97 % and detection rates from 6 % to 90 %. Both rates were greater than 70 % for only 6 of 60 disease categories studied and for only 1 of 16 categories defined by major International Classification of Disease categories (neoplasms). This deficiency suggests cautious interpretation of results from studies based on death certificate diagnoses. To determine whether any groupings of diagnoses might meet acceptable accuracy requirements, we applied a hierarchical clustering method to data from these 5130 cohort members. The resulting classification system had 10 categories: breast cancer; other female cancers; cancers of the digestive organs; cancer of the larynx; leukemia; nasal, ear, or sinus cancer; tongue cancer; external causes; vascular disease; and all other causes. Confirmation and detection rates for each of these categories were at least 66 %. Although the categories are broad, particularly for nonneoplastic diseases, further divisions led to unacceptable accuracy rates for some of the resulting diagnostic groups. Using the derived classification system, there was 72 % agreement overall between death certificate and autopsy diagnoses compared to 53 % agreement for a second system obtained by grouping strictly by major disease category. Eighty-seven percent agreement was observed for a similar classification system with vascular disease grouped with all other nonneoplastic diseases. Further agglomeration achieved very little additional improvement. (J.P.N.).

  16. 13Carbon and 15Nitrogen isotopes in autopsy liver tissue samples from Greenlandic Inuit and Danes: consumption of marine versus terrestrial food

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    Milman, Nils; Laursen, Jens; Mulvad, Gert; Pedersen, Henning; Pedersen, Agnes; Saaby, Henrik

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background: 13C and 15N isotopes in human tissue reflects the relative proportions of marine and terrestrial food consumed by the individual. Objective: To measure 13C and 15N in liver tissue from Greenlandic Inuit and Danes Methods: Liver tissue was obtained at autopsy in 1992-1994 from 60 Inuit (median age 61 y) and in 1986 from 15 Danes (median age 84 y). By sieving, liver tissue was separated in a "cellular fraction" and a "connective tissue fraction". 13C and 15...

  17. Metals in lung tissue from autopsy cases in Mexico City residents: comparison of cases from the 1950s and the 1980s.

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    Fortoul, T.I.; Osorio, L S; Tovar, A T; Salazar, D.; Castilla, M E; Olaiz-Fernández, G

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    In autopsies performed on residents of Mexico City during the 1950s and 1980s (45 males and 24 females and 42 males and 42 females, respectively), concentrations of cadmium, copper, cobalt, nickel, and lead in the lungs were studied by atomic absorption spectrometry. Sharp increases were noted in samples taken in the 1980s compared to those from the 1950s. In samples from both time periods, the concentrations were influenced by gender. Smoking was not associated with higher levels of the meta...

  18. Mercury accumulations in brains from populations exposed to high and low dietary levels of methyl mercury. Concentration, chemical form and distribution of mercury in brain samples from autopsies

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    Pedersen, M B; Hansen, J C; Mulvad, G; Pedersen, H S; Gregersen, M; Danscher, Gorm

    1999-01-01

    Autopsy samples from 17 Greenlanders and 12 Danes were analysed for total and organic mercury by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and for cellular localisation by autometallography. The concentration of total mercury in the Greenlanders (median: 174 micrograms Hg/kg wet weight brain tissue, range 59-4782, highest in cerebellum: 492) was found to be significantly higher than in the Danish group (3.7 micrograms Hg/kg w.w., range 1.2-11.8). Furthermore, the total concentration of mercury was po...

  19. Achados clínicopatológicos na tromboembolia pulmonar: estudo de 24 anos de autópsias / Clinicopathological findings in pulmonary thromboembolism: a 24-year autopsy study

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    Hugo Hyung, Bok Yoo; Fabiana Guandalini, Mendes; Christine Elisabete Rubio, Alem; Alexandre Todorovic, Fabro; José Eduardo, Corrente; Thais Thomaz, Queluz.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Tromboembolia pulmonar (TEP) é ainda uma afecção enigmática em diversos aspectos clínicos e epidemiológicos e frequentemente erroneamente diagnosticada. OBJETIVO: Descrever a prevalência e os achados anatomopatológicos de TEP em uma série de 5261 autópsias realizadas em um hospital unive [...] rsitário de nível terciário, correlacionar estes achados com as doenças de base e verificar a freqüência de suspeita clínica antemortem de TEP. MÉTODO: Revisão dos registros das autópsias consecutivas realizadas de 1979 a 2002 para um estudo retrospectivo. Dos prontuários e dos relatórios de autópsias dos pacientes que tiveram TEP documentada, macro e/ou microscopicamente, foram extraídos dados demográficos, doenças de base, suspeita antemortem de TEP, localização dos trombos nos pulmões e provável local de origem da TEP. RESULTADOS: A freqüência de autópsias foi de 42,0% e TEP foi encontrada em 544 pacientes, sendo a principal causa da morte (TEP fatal) em 225 casos. Doenças infecciosas (p=0,0003) foram associadas com TEP não fatal e trauma (p=0,007) com TEP fatal. A taxa de não suspeita antemortem de TEP foi 84,6% e 40,0% destes pacientes apresentaram TEP fatal. Doenças do sistema circulatório (p=0,0001), infecções (p Abstract in english BACKGROUND: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is still an enigmatic disorder in many epidemiological and clinical features, remaining one of the most commonly misdiagnosed disorders. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and pathological findings of PTE in a series of autopsies, to correlate these fin [...] dings with underlying diseases, and to verify the frequency of PTE clinically suspected before death. METHOD: The reports on 5261 consecutive autopsies performed from 1979 to 2002 in a Brazilian tertiary referral medical school were reviewed for a retrospective study. From the medical records and autopsy reports of the patients found with macroscopically and/or microscopically documented PTE, were gathered data on demographics, underlying diseases, antemortem suspicion of PTE, and probable PTE site of origin. RESULTS: The autopsy rate was 42.0% and PTE was found in 544 patients. In 225 cases, PTE was the main cause of death (fatal PTE). Infections (p=0.0003) were associated with nonfatal PTE and trauma (p=0.007) with fatal PTE. The rate of antemortem unsuspected PTE was 84.6% and 40.0% of these patients presented fatal PTE. Diseases of the circulatory system (p=0.0001), infections (p

  20. Autopsias realizadas en el Hospital "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" de 1962 a 1995 / Autopsies performed at "Dr. Luis Diaz Soto" hospital from 1962 to 1995

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    José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Reynaldo, Álvarez Santana; Verónica, Walwyn Salas; Teresita de Jesús, Montero González; Roberto, Carriles Martínez-Pinillos; Jesús, Rodríguez Guerra.

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    Full Text Available Para conocer la información fundamental contenida en el banco de datos de autopsias realizadas en el Hospital "Dr Luis Díaz Soto", creado mediante el Sistema Automatizado de Registo y Control de Anatomía Patológica, se procesaron las 10 099 autopsias realizadas entre diciembre de 1962 y diciembre de [...] 1995, y de ellas se estudiaron en particular 7 886 de adultos. El sexo masculino predominó, así como el grupo de edad de 65-74 años. Medicina Interna, Terapia Intensiva y Medicina de Urgencia fueron las especialidades de egreso más representadas. Las principales causas básicas de muerte fueron los trastornos cardiovasculares, en especial aterosclerosis, y los tumores malignos, y en partícular el cáncer del pulmón. Sus complicaciones se correspondieron con las principales causas directas e intermedias de muerte. En general, los trastornos cardiovasculares, las infecciones, los tumores malignos y el daño multiorgánico constituyeron los grupos de trastornos de mayor trascendencia tanto como causa de muerte como en la morbilidad asociada. Entre 1987 y 1995 hubo el 32,6 % de discrepancias diagnósticas pre y postmortem en causas básicas de muerte y 28,5 % en causas directas e intermedias de muerte. Se destacó la importancia del estudio de las causas directas e intermedias de muerte (multicausalidad), la evaluación de la calidad de los diagnósticos premortem y la utilidad de la creación de un banco de datos de autopsias para continuar este estudio. Abstract in english A number of 10 099 autopsies performed between December, 1962 and December, 1985 were processed in order to know the main information contained in the databank of autopsies performed at "Dr: Luis Díaz Soto"hospital, created by the Automated System of Register and Control of Pathologic Anatomy. Of th [...] ese autopsies 7 886 of adult subjects were studied in particular. Male sex predominated, as well as the 65-74 years old age group. The most represented specialties were Internal Medicine, Intensive Therapy, and Emergency Medicine. The principal basic causes of death were cardiovascular disorders, especially atherosclerosis, and malignant tumors, particularly lung cancer. The complications were in agreement with the principal direct or intermediate causes of death. In general, cardiovascular disorders, infections, malignant tumors, and multiorgan damage constituted the groups with a higher frequency as a cause of death in associated morbidity. Between 1987 and 1995 there was a 32.6% of diagnostic discrepancies regarding the basic causes of death and 28.5% with respect to direct or intermediate causes of death. The importance of the study the direct and intermediate causes of death (multicausality),the evaluation of the quality of premorten diagnosis, and the usefulness of the creation of an autopsy databank were higlighted in order to continue this study.

  1. Development of atherosclerosis over a 25 year period: an epidemiological autopsy study in males of 11 towns.

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    Zhdanov, V S; Sternby, N H; Vikhert, A M; Galakhov, I E

    1999-01-01

    We conducted an analysis of the data from two epidemiological autopsy studies of atherosclerosis in men aged 20-59 years in 1963-66 (the first study, 7470 cases) and in 1985-88 (the second study, 9600 cases). The investigations were performed in accordance with a special program of the World Health Organization in 11 town populations: Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan), Bishkek (Kirgizstan), Irkutsk and Yakutsk (Russia), Malmo (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn and Tartu (Estonia), and Kharkov and Yalta (Ukraine). Native and non-native populations were studied separately in Ashkhabad, Bishkek, and Yakutsk. Atherosclerosis was studied by the visual morphometrical method in the descending thoracic aorta, abdominal aorta and three main coronary arteries. In each vessel the prevalence and extent (percent of intimal surface) of fatty streaks, fibrous plaques, complicated, calcified and also raised lesions (all lesions except fatty streaks) were determined. Coronary stenosis was estimated in arteries as narrowed by more than 50%. Accelerated development of coronary atherosclerosis, especially in the 40-59 year age group, was noted in the second study in the male populations of most towns except Prague and Malmo. In Prague the extent of raised lesions in coronary arteries was practically the same in both studies, in Malmo it decreased in the second study. Aortic atherosclerosis also accelerated the rate of progression in all towns except Prague, where significant differences were not observed between the studies. Accelerated development of atherosclerosis in male populations from towns of Asia was combined with an increase of fatty streaks in all vessels, while in European populations it was not so obvious. In the native populations of Ashkhabad, Bishkek and Yakutsk, atherosclerosis was much less than in non-natives in both studies. In natives of these towns, accelerated development of atherosclerosis begins only from 40 years, in non-natives from 30. For the second study, there was typically an increase of the prevalence and extent of calcified lesions that were combined with an increased prevalence of coronary stenosis in all towns. The average percentage of stenosis in the coronary left anterior descending artery for men of 40-59 years of age was 12% in the first study and 24.9% in the second; for the coronary right artery, 7.4 and 13.8%, respectively. In accordance with findings of more severe atherosclerosis in males in most towns in the second study, there was an increase in the frequency of death from coronary heart disease in the second study in these towns. The data of this study indicate that the development of atherosclerosis in human populations may change very much in the course of the life of one generation. PMID:10077406

  2. Anatomical distribution of HTLV-I proviral sequence in an autopsy case of HTLV-I associated myelopathy: a polymerase chain reaction study.

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    Sueyoshi, K; Goto, M; Johnosono, M; Sato, E; Shibata, D

    1994-01-01

    HTLV-I associated myelopathy (HAM) is a slowly progressive paraplegia of the lower extremities observed among HTLV-I carriers. An autopsy of a typical HAM case in which perivascular lymphocytic infiltration was not limited to the central nervous system was examined. Spinal dorsal roots, salivary gland, lungs, liver and kidney showed non-specific, but unusual sporadic perivascular lymphocytic infiltration, which resembled the findings in the spinal cord. To investigate the anatomical distribution of HTLV-I provirus, the HTLV-I proviral sequences, tax and pol, were amplified from the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues of the autopsy case using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). By PCR, strong HTLV-I provirus signals were detected in the spinal cord, peripheral nerve, muscle, lungs and liver. Weak signals were detected in the medulla oblongata, optic nerve and lymph node, while the other organs, including the cerebrum, were negative. The data from this study show the specific distribution of HTLV-I provirus in the distinct organs of a HAM patient. PMID:8025646

  3. An autopsied case of myelofibrosis which had been exposed to the atomic bomb near the site of blast (1,112m from that area)

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    A study was made on the autopsy of a subject who had been exposed at the age of 10 months old to the atomic bomb at a distance of 1,112 m from a bombed area, and who found to have myelofibrosis which followed aplastic anemia-like symptoms. The autopsy findings showed 400 ml of bloody ascites, hyperplastic bone marrow in which no fatty cells were observed but many reticular cell-like cells and granular hematopoiesis were observed, and diffuse proliferation of reticular fibers without remarkable new bone findings in the trabecula. The liver was enlarged to the weight of 3.18 g, and showed extramedullary hematopoiesis. Infiltration of lymphocytes, slight fibrosis, and marked accumulation of hemosiderin (caused by the transfusion of the blood) were seen in the Glisson's sheath. The spleen, which was enlarged to the weight of 1.54 g, was brown, and showed fibrosis, extramedullary hematopoiesis and many plasma cells. Lymphatic glands were swollen in the mesentery, in the retroperitoneum, around the gastro-pancreatic area, and at the bifurcation of the trachea, where marked extramedullary hematopoiesis and many giant globuli were observed. Extramedullary hematopoiesis was also seen in other sites such as the subdura, both of the renal pelvises, and in a hyperplastic polyp in the gastric pit. Therefore, this patient was diagnosed as having myelofibrosis and hematopoietic dysplasia caused by radiation. (Kanao, N.)

  4. Cardiac biomarkers in blood, and pericardial and cerebrospinal fluids of forensic autopsy cases: A reassessment with special regard to postmortem interval.

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    Chen, Jian-Hua; Inamori-Kawamoto, Osamu; Michiue, Tomomi; Ikeda, Sayuko; Ishikawa, Takaki; Maeda, Hitoshi

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    Previous studies suggested possible application of postmortem biochemistry of myocardial biomarkers to the investigation of sudden cardiac death; however, differences from clinical findings should be considered in autopsy materials. The present study involved a comprehensive investigation of cardiac troponin T and I (cTnT and cTnI), and creatine kinase MB (CK-MB) in cardiac and peripheral external iliac venous blood, pericardial fluid (PCF) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for reassessment, with special regard to the estimated postmortem interval in relation to the cause of death, reviewing a large number of forensic autopsy cases (n=1923). These cardiac biomarkers showed cause-of-death- and postmortem-time-dependent differences: blood and PCF levels of each marker were higher in hyperthermia (heatstroke), bathwater drowning and chronic congestive heart disease in cases of postmortem interval (PMI) disease, showed substantial elevations, while these markers remained low in acute hemorrhagic death from sharp instrument injury, hypothermia (cold exposure) and sea-/freshwater drowning during PMI of disease, but indicate the severity of myocardial injury in postmortem investigation. PMID:26052007

  5. Necropsia e mortalidade por causa mal definida no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Autopsy and ill-defined cause of death in the state of São Paulo, Brazil

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    Mauro Abrahão Rozman

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a proporção de mortes por causa mal definida no Estado de São Paulo entre 1980 e 2002, considerando a influência da realização de necropsia nessa proporção. MÉTODO: O número de óbitos foi obtido do Ministério da Saúde. Dividiu-se o Estado de São Paulo em três áreas: 1 municípios com serviço de verificação de óbitos (SVO, que pode realizar necropsias; 2 municípios sem SVO; e 3 Baixada Santista, região onde houve um aumento marcante na proporção de mortes por causa mal definida entre 1980 e 1995. O impacto das necropsias na proporção de óbitos por causa mal definida foi medido com base na classificação da causa de óbito pelo primeiro médico avaliador (aquele que encaminhou o caso para o SVO para necropsia ou que preencheu a declaração de óbito sem encaminhar o caso. Os óbitos por causas externas foram excluídos por ter necropsia obrigatória. Foram avaliadas as proporções 1 de casos classificados como de causa mal definida pelo primeiro avaliador; 2 de necropsias no total de óbitos excluindo causas externas; e 3 de óbitos com causa esclarecida por necropsia entre os classificados como de causa mal definida pelo primeiro avaliador. RESULTADOS: A proporção de óbitos classificados como de causa mal definida pelo primeiro avaliador aumentou entre 1980 e 2002 em todas as áreas: nos municípios com SVO, nos municípios sem SVO e na Baixada Santista. Para o Estado de São Paulo como um todo, o aumento foi de quase 30% no período de 1980 a 2002. Para o período de 1998 a 2002, a proporção média de necropsias no total de óbitos excluindo causas externas foi de 21,2, 6,4 e 2,6%, respectivamente, nas áreas com e sem SVO e na Baixada Santista. Entre 1998 e 2002, a proporção de óbitos com causa mal definida esclarecidos pela necropsia foi de 92,9 nas áreas com SVO, 32,5 nas áreas sem SVO e 10,7% na Baixada Santista. CONCLUSÕES: A realização de necropsias explica a diferença na mortalidade proporcional por causa mal definida entre as áreas estudadas. O aumento observado entre 1980 e 2002 na classificação de óbitos por causa mal definida pelo primeiro avaliador no Estado de São Paulo indica uma importante piora na qualidade do preenchimento da declaração de óbito nessa instância. São necessárias investigações adicionais para esclarecer as causas dessa mudança.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the proportion of deaths with an ill-defined cause in the Brazilian state of São Paulo between 1980 and 2002, taking into account the influence of autopsies on this proportion. METHOD: Data on the number of deaths were obtained from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The communities of the state of São Paulo were divided into three groups: (1 municipalities with a service to verify the cause of death (and that may conduct an autopsy, (2 municipalities without a cause of death verification service, and (3 the region of Baixada Santista, which had an extremely large increase in the proportion of deaths from ill-defined causes between 1980 and 1995. The impact of autopsies on the proportion of deaths with an ill-defined cause was defined based on the classification made by the first physician evaluating the cause of death, that is, the physician who referred the case to the verification service for autopsy or who completed the death certificate without referring the case to the verification service. Deaths from external causes were excluded, since autopsy is mandatory in these cases. The following were evaluated: (1 proportion of cases classified by the first evaluating physician as having an ill-defined cause, (2 proportion of autopsies in relation to the total number of deaths (except from external causes, and (3 proportion of deaths classified as ill-defined by the first evaluating physician but explained by the autopsy. RESULTS: The proportion of deaths classified by the first evaluating physician as having an ill-defined cause increased over the 1980-2002 period in all three groups studied: the municipalities with a verification service, the

  6. Direct estimates of national neonatal and child cause–specific mortality proportions in Niger by expert algorithm and physician–coded analysis of verbal autopsy interviews

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    Full Text Available Background This study was one of a set of verbal autopsy investigations undertaken by the WHO/UNCEF–supported Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG to derive direct estimates of the causes of neonatal and child deaths in high priority countries of sub–Saharan Africa. The objective of the study was to determine the cause distributions of neonatal (0–27 days and child (1–59 months mortality in Niger. Methods Verbal autopsy interviews were conducted of random samples of 453 neonatal deaths and 620 child deaths from 2007 to 2010 identified by the 2011 Niger National Mortality Survey. The cause of each death was assigned using two methods: computerized expert algorithms arranged in a hierarchy and physician completion of a death certificate for each child. The findings of the two methods were compared to each other, and plausibility checks were conducted to assess which is the preferred method. Comparison of some direct measures from this study with CHERG modeled cause of death estimates are discussed. Findings The cause distributions of neonatal deaths as determined by expert algorithms and the physician were similar, with the same top three causes by both methods and all but two other causes within one rank of each other. Although child causes of death differed more, the reasons often could be discerned by analyzing algorithmic criteria alongside the physician's application of required minimal diagnostic criteria. Including all algorithmic (primary and co–morbid and physician (direct, underlying and contributing diagnoses in the comparison minimized the differences, with kappa coefficients greater than 0.40 for five of 11 neonatal diagnoses and nine of 13 child diagnoses. By algorithmic diagnosis, early onset neonatal infection was significantly associated (?2?=?13.2, P?autopsy conducted in the context of a national mortality survey can provide useful estimates of the cause distributions of neonatal and child deaths. While the current study found reasonable agreement between the expert algorithm and physician analyses, it also demonstrated greater plausibility for two algorithmic diagnoses and validation work is needed to ascertain the findings. Direct, large–scale measurement of causes of death complement, can strengthen, and in some settings may be preferred over modeled estimates.

  7. Degree of abnormality is associated with rate of change in measures of beta-amyloid, glucose metabolism and cognition in an autopsy-verified Alzheimer's disease case.

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    Almkvist, Ove; Kadir, Ahmadul; Nordberg, Agneta

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    The degree of abnormality and rate of change in cognitive functions, positron emission tomography Pittsburg compound B (PET PIB), and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) measures were studied for 8 years in an autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer's disease (AD) patient, who died 61 years old (Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score 7). At first encounter with medical care, the patient was very mildly demented (MMSE score 27). She had four cognitive assessments and two examinations with PET PIB and FDG in 23 bilateral brain regions. The onset of cognitive decline was retrospectively estimated to have started in the early forties. The degree of impairment was inversely related to the rate of decline. A similar relationship was seen between the rate of change and the level of abnormality in both PIB and FDG. To conclude, rate of change in cognition, PIB, and FDG was associated with the degree of abnormality. PMID:25494540

  8. Mercury accumulations in brains from populations exposed to high and low dietary levels of methyl mercury. Concentration, chemical form and distribution of mercury in brain samples from autopsies

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    Autopsy samples from 17 Greenlanders and 12 Danes were analysed for total and organic mercury by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and for cellular localisation by autometallography. The concentration of total mercury in the Greenlanders (median: 174 micrograms Hg/kg wet weight brain tissue, range 59-4782, highest in cerebellum: 492) was found to be significantly higher than in the Danish group (3.7 micrograms Hg/kg w.w., range 1.2-11.8). Furthermore, the total concentration of mercury was positively correlated to age (rho = 0.56, p <0.05), and the fraction of methyl mercury was negatively correlated to age (rho = -0.66, p <0.01) among the Greenlanders. This suggests an age dependent accumulation of total mercury and a slow transformation of methyl mercury to inorganic mercury in the brain. The autometallographically demonstrable mercury was primarily located in glia cells.

  9. Lung cancer at autopsy in A-bomb survivors and controls, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1961--1970. II. Smoking, occupation and A-bomb exposure

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    The apparent effect of ionizing radiation on lung cancer in A-bomb survivors has not been large enough to still doubts as to its validity. It has seemed essential to determine whether the apparent radiation effect could have resulted from a confounding of heavy smoking and high radiation dose, or if the occupational exposure of high-dose subjects with lung cancer was suggestive of the influence of environmental hazards other than radiation. The available series consists of 204 subjects with lung cancer verified by autopsy, 61 of whom were low-dose (less than 1 rad) and 13 high-dose (200+ rads) subjects. No evidence could be found that the influence of either smoking or occupational exposure upon lung cancer was exerted so as to suggest that the apparent radiation effect is other than real. The study also provides additional evidence of the relationship between lung cancer and smoking in Japan

  10. Alterações histopatológicas pulmonares em pacientes com insuficiência respiratória aguda: um estudo em autopsias / Pulmonary histopathological alterations in patients with acute respiratory failure: an autopsy study

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    Alexandre de Matos, Soeiro; Edwin Roger, Parra; Mauro, Canzian; Cecília, Farhat; Vera Luiza, Capelozzi.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Apresentar alterações histopatológicas pulmonares encontradas em autopsias de pacientes falecidos por insuficiência respiratória aguda (IRA) e verificar se doenças de base e específicos fatores de risco associados aumentam a incidência dessas alterações. MÉTODOS: Foram revisados laudos fi [...] nais de autopsias e selecionadas 3.030 autopsias de pacientes > 1 ano de idade, com infiltrado pulmonar radiológico, portadores de doença de base e fatores de risco associados, que morreram por alterações pulmonares decorrentes de IRA. RESULTADOS: As principais alterações histopatológicas pulmonares causadoras de morte imediata foram: dano alveolar difuso (DAD); edema pulmonar; pneumonia intersticial linfocítica (PIL) e hemorragia alveolar. As principais doenças de base encontradas foram: AIDS; broncopneumonia; sepse; cirrose hepática; tromboembolismo pulmonar; infarto agudo do miocárdio (IAM); acidente vascular cerebral; tuberculose; câncer; insuficiência renal crônica e leucemia. Os principais fatores de risco associados foram: idade > 50 anos; hipertensão arterial; insuficiência cardíaca congestiva; doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica e diabetes mellitus. Pacientes com esses fatores de risco e AIDS apresentaram alta probabilidade de desenvolver PIL; pacientes com esses mesmos fatores, de desenvolver DAD, se portadores de sepse ou cirrose hepática; pacientes com tromboembolismo e os mesmos fatores de risco, de desenvolver hemorragia alveolar; pacientes com esses fatores de risco e IAM, de desenvolver edema pulmonar. CONCLUSÕES: Os achados pulmonares em pacientes com óbito por IRA apresentaram quatro padrões histopatológicos: DAD, edema pulmonar, PIL e hemorragia alveolar. Doenças de base e específicos fatores de risco associados correlacionaram-se positivamente com determinados padrões histopatológicos detectados à autópsia. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To present the pulmonary histopathological alterations found in the autopsies of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) and determine whether underlying diseases and certain associated risk factors increase the incidence of these histopathological patterns. METHODS: Final autopsy r [...] eports were reviewed, and 3030 autopsies of patients > 1 year of age with an underlying disease and associated risk factors were selected. All had developed diffuse infiltrates and died of ARF-related pulmonary alterations. RESULTS: The principal pulmonary histopathological alterations resulting in immediate death were diffuse alveolar damage (DAD), pulmonary edema, lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia (LIP) and alveolar hemorrhage. The principal underlying diseases were AIDS, bronchopneumonia, sepsis, liver cirrhosis, pulmonary thromboembolism, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), cerebrovascular accident, tuberculosis, cancer, chronic kidney failure and leukemia. The principal associated risk factors were as follows: age > 50 years; arterial hypertension; congestive heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and diabetes mellitus. These risk factors and AIDS correlated with a high risk of developing LIP; these same risk factors, if concomitant with sepsis or liver cirrhosis, correlated with a risk of developing DAD; thromboembolism and these risk factors correlated with a risk of developing alveolar hemorrhage; these risk factors and AMI correlated with a risk of developing pulmonary edema. CONCLUSION: Pulmonary findings in patients who died of ARF presented four histopathological patterns: DAD, pulmonary edema, LIP and alveolar hemorrhage. Underlying diseases and certain associated risk factors correlated positively with specific histopathological findings on autopsy.

  11. Síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida: descrição anátomo-patológica de dois casos de necropsia / Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: pathologic description of two autopsy cases

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    Vera L. C., Delmonte; Rubin M., Tuder; Wilma T. T., Vieira; Vilna M. S., Cunha; Iraci S., Nakaguma; Francisco, Bonasser Filho; Carlos de Melo, Capitani.

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    Full Text Available Os Autores apresentam dois casos de Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida com ênfase aos achados de necropsia. A criptococose generalizada de padrão miliar, infreqüente, e a pneumocistose foram infecções oportunísticas de curso fatal pela destruição parenquimatosa de órgãos vitais que acarretaram. [...] É destacado o papel etiopatogênico do citomegalovírus, pela concomitância de infecção em ambos os casos e associação aos órgãos mais afetados. Extensa necrose de supra-renal foi constatada, possivelmente secundária à destruição celular viral pelo CMV. Abstract in english Two autopsy cases of acquired immunodeficiency disease syndrome are reported. One case showed widespread miliar cryptococcosis, with scarce inflammatory response. The other developed respiratory failure due to pulmonary infection by P. carinii. In both cases we could observe generalized cytomegalic [...] infection, with striking adrenal involvement. Special emphasis is given to the pathologic changes and the possible etiopathogenic role of cytomegaloviroses in the acquired immunodeficiency cases.

  12. Síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida: descrição anátomo-patológica de dois casos de necropsia Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: pathologic description of two autopsy cases

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    Vera L. C. Delmonte

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    Full Text Available Os Autores apresentam dois casos de Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida com ênfase aos achados de necropsia. A criptococose generalizada de padrão miliar, infreqüente, e a pneumocistose foram infecções oportunísticas de curso fatal pela destruição parenquimatosa de órgãos vitais que acarretaram. É destacado o papel etiopatogênico do citomegalovírus, pela concomitância de infecção em ambos os casos e associação aos órgãos mais afetados. Extensa necrose de supra-renal foi constatada, possivelmente secundária à destruição celular viral pelo CMV.Two autopsy cases of acquired immunodeficiency disease syndrome are reported. One case showed widespread miliar cryptococcosis, with scarce inflammatory response. The other developed respiratory failure due to pulmonary infection by P. carinii. In both cases we could observe generalized cytomegalic infection, with striking adrenal involvement. Special emphasis is given to the pathologic changes and the possible etiopathogenic role of cytomegaloviroses in the acquired immunodeficiency cases.

  13. Post-mortem Whole exome sequencing with gene-specific analysis for autopsy-negative sudden unexplained death in the young: a case series.

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    Narula, Nupoor; Tester, David J; Paulmichl, Anna; Maleszewski, Joseph J; Ackerman, Michael J

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    Annually, thousands of sudden deaths in individuals under 35 years remain unexplained following comprehensive medico-legal autopsy. Previously, post-mortem genetic analysis by Sanger sequencing of four major cardiac channelopathy genes revealed that approximately one-fourth of these autopsy-negative sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY) cases harbored an underlying mutation. However, there are now over 100 sudden death-predisposing cardiac channelopathy-, cardiomyopathy-, and metabolic disorder-susceptibility genes. Here, we set out to determine whether post-mortem whole exome sequencing (WES) is an efficient strategy to detect ultra-rare, potentially pathogenic variants. We performed post-mortem WES and gene-specific analysis of 117 sudden death-susceptibility genes for 14 consecutively referred Caucasian SUDY victims (average age at death 17.4 ± 8.6 years) to identify putative SUDY-associated mutations. On average, each SUDY case had 12,758 ± 2,016 non-synonymous variants, of which 79 ± 15 localized to these 117 genes. Overall, eight ultra-rare variants (seven missense, one in-frame insertion) absent in three publically available exome databases were identified in six genes (three in TTN, and one each in CACNA1C, JPH2, MYH7, VCL, RYR2) in seven of 14 cases (50 %). Of the seven missense alterations, two (T171M-CACNA1C, I22160T-TTN) were predicted damaging by three independent in silico tools. Although WES and gene-specific surveillance is an efficient means to detect rare genetic variants that might underlie the pathogenic cause of death, accurate interpretation of each variant is challenging. Great restraint and caution must be exercised otherwise families may be informed prematurely and incorrectly that the root cause has been found. PMID:25500949

  14. The autopsy archive of former uranium miners of the East German WISMUT company - a valuable resource for research on ionizing radiation in interaction with other carcinogens and cancer

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    In East Germany, uranium mining was undertaken on a large scale for the Soviet nuclear industry from 1946 to 1989. Poor working conditions especially in the early years led to a high level of occupational diseases, in particular lung cancer. For WISMUT miners, comprehensive data is available on working histories and exposure to radiation and quartz dust. After German reunification, the autopsy archive of the Institute of Pathology in Stollberg was opened for research as part of the WISMUT Health Data Archive of the Bundesanstalt fuer Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin. It contains protocols of about 30,000 persons (including 17,000 miners), 400,000 slides, 66,000 tissue blocks, and 200 whole lungs. Now, the tissue repository is held in trust at BGFA and Institute of Pathology in Bochum, Germany. The source population of the cases is not defined. The archive contains tissues from many - but not from all - former WISMUT miners as well as from local people. For 12,923 miners, median radon exposure was 621 WLM, including about 800 workers with exposure above 1800 WLM. Smoking information is poor, but prevalence of smoking was high. A leading diagnosis was lung cancer in about 5,300 persons, mainly underground miners. A database has been developed at Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum to document relevant autopsy information on the cases. Histopathological classification of 5,270 lung cancer cases has been re-assessed by three pathologists. U.S. NIOSH conducted a study on the feasibility of research on pathologic types of lung cancer. Laboratory studies on the quality of the material for molecular-biological investigations are under way. A project is ongoing to investigate the interaction of radiation and crystalline silica on lung cancer development. A workshop was scheduled December 10, 2004 to discuss the resources, the findings, the pitfalls and challenges presented by the material and the future use of that archive in research. (orig.)

  15. Postmortem distribution of flunitrazepam and its metabolite 7-aminoflunitrazepam in body fluids and solid tissues in an autopsy case: Usefulness of bile for their detection.

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    Hasegawa, Koutaro; Wurita, Amin; Minakata, Kayoko; Gonmori, Kunio; Nozawa, Hideki; Yamagishi, Itaru; Watanabe, Kanako; Suzuki, Osamu

    2015-09-01

    We experienced an autopsy case of a woman in her 70s, in which the direct cause of her death was judged as asphyxia due to the occlusion of food in the trachea. The postmortem interval was estimated at about 2days. The specimens dealt with were femoral vein blood, right heart blood, left heart blood, bile, brain, lung, heart muscle, liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, skeletal muscle, and adipose tissue. By tentative drug screening, we found a high concentration of 7-aminoflunitrazepam in the femoral vein blood, which lead us to examine the postmortem distribution of flunitrazepam and its metabolite 7-aminoflunitrazepam in her body fluids and solid tissues. The extraction of flunitrazepam, 7-aminoflunitrazepam and internal standard nimetazepam was performed by a modified QuEChERS method, followed by the analysis by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Because this study included various kinds of human matrices with quite different properties, we used the standard additional method to overcome the matrix effects. The concentration of 7-aminoflunitrazepam were generally much higher than those of the parent drug flunitrazepam for most specimens except for the adipose tissue, showing that flunitrazepam is readily metabolized to its 7-amino metabolite after absorption into the body both antemortem and postmortem. The outstandingly highest concentration of 7-animoflunitrazepam was found in the bile, followed by the kidney, pancreas, left heart blood, spleen and liver. Although a majority of flunitrazepam was converted to 7-aminoflunitrazepam, the flunitrazepam concentration was highest in the pancreas, followed by the spleen, bile, left heart blood, and brain. In contrast to the results on synthetic cannabinoids, the levels of flunitrazepam and 7-animoflunitrazepam in the adipose tissue were relatively low. The present study showed that the bile may be a useful specimen for detection of unchanged benzodiazepines/their metabolites to be collected at autopsy. PMID:26173614

  16. Accuracy of Lipoarabinomannan and Xpert MTB/RIF Testing in Cerebrospinal Fluid To Diagnose Tuberculous Meningitis in an Autopsy Cohort of HIV-Infected Adults.

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    Cox, Janneke A; Lukande, Robert L; Kalungi, Sam; Van Marck, Eric; Lammens, Martin; Van de Vijver, Koen; Kambugu, Andrew; Nelson, Ann M; Colebunders, Robert; Manabe, Yukari C

    2015-08-01

    Point-of-care tests for tuberculous meningitis (TBM) are needed. We studied the diagnostic accuracy of the lipoarabinomannan (LAM) lateral flow assay (LFA), LAM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and Xpert MTB/RIF in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in an autopsy cohort of Ugandan HIV-infected adults. We obtained written informed consent postmortem from the next of kin. A complete autopsy was done and CSF obtained. We performed LAM LFA (on unprepared and supernatant CSF after heating and spinning), LAM ELISA, and Xpert MTB/RIF on the CSF samples. Accuracy parameters were calculated for histopathological TBM and also for the composite standard, including Xpert MTB/RIF-positive cases. We tested CSF of 91 patients. LAM LFA had a sensitivity of 75% for definite histopathological TBM, ELISA a sensitivity of 43%, and Xpert MTB/RIF a sensitivity of 100% and specificities of 87%, 91%, and 87%, respectively. LAM LFA had a sensitivity of 50% for definite and probable histopathological TBM, ELISA a sensitivity of 38%, and Xpert MTB/RIF a sensitivity of 86% and specificities of 70%, 91%, and 87%, respectively. LAM LFA had a sensitivity of 68% for the composite standard and ELISA a sensitivity of 48% and specificities of 78% and 98%, respectively. The rapid diagnostic tests detected TBM in 22% to 78% of patients not on anti-TB treatment. Point-of-care tests have high accuracy in diagnosis of TBM in deceased HIV-infected adults. LAM LFA in CSF is a useful additional diagnostic tool. PMID:26063865

  17. Birth attendants as perinatal verbal autopsy respondents in low-and middle-income countries: a viable alternative? / Les sages-femmes pour répondre aux questions de l'autopsie verbale périnatale dans les pays à revenu faible et moyen: une alternative viable? / Las matronas como encuestadas en autopsias verbales perinatales en países de ingresos bajos y medios: ¿una alternativa viable?

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    C, Engmann; A, Garces; I, Jehan; J, Ditekemena; M, Phiri; V, Thorsten; M, Mazariegos; E, Chomba; O, Pasha; A, Tshefu; D, Wallace; EM, McClure; RL, Goldenberg; WA, Carlo; LL, Wright; C, Bose.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Evaluar la viabilidad de utilizar matronas como encuestadas en autopsias verbales perinatales en lugar de madres que han perdido un hijo/a. MÉTODOS: Las entrevistas para las autopsias verbales de muertes neonatales prematuras y alumbramientos mortinatos se realizaron por separado entre mad [...] res (estándar de referencia) y matronas en 38 comunidades de cuatro países en desarrollo. Se calculó la concordancia entre las respuestas maternas y las respuestas de las matronas para todas las preguntas, tanto para las categorías de preguntas como para las preguntas individuales. Se evaluaron la sensibilidad y especificidad de las preguntas individuales con la matrona como encuestada. RESULTADOS: En las muertes neonatales prematuras, la concordancia en todas las preguntas fue del 94%. La concordancia fue de al menos el 95% para más de la mitad de las preguntas sobre el historial médico materno, atención en el parto y características neonatales. La concordancia de cualquier pregunta determinada no fue en ningún caso inferior al 80%. La sensibilidad y la especificidad variaron en las preguntas individuales. En este caso, más del 80% de las preguntas presentaron una sensibilidad de al menos el 80% y una especificidad de al menos el 90%. En cuanto a los alumbramientos mortinatos, la concordancia en todas las preguntas fue del 93%. La concordancia fue del 95% o más durante más de la mitad del tiempo para preguntas relacionadas con la atención en el parto, el centro de parto y las características de la mortinatalidad. La sensibilidad y especificidad variaron en las preguntas individuales. Más del 60% de las preguntas presentaron una sensibilidad de al menos el 80%. En este caso, más del 80% de las preguntas presentaron una especificidad de al menos el 90%. Globalmente, las causas de muerte establecidas mediante autopsia verbal fueron similares, independientemente de la persona encuestada. CONCLUSIÓN: Las matronas pueden sustituir a las madres que han perdido un hijo/a como encuestadas en autopsias verbales. Es necesario perfeccionar las preguntas de los cuestionarios de autopsia verbal armonizados existentes, ya que su sensibilidad y especificidad difieren ampliamente. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of using birth attendants instead of bereaved mothers as perinatal verbal autopsy respondents. METHODS: Verbal autopsy interviews for early neonatal deaths and stillbirths were conducted separately among mothers (reference standard) and birth attendants in 38 com [...] munities in four developing countries. Concordance between maternal and attendant responses was calculated for all questions, for categories of questions and for individual questions. The sensitivity and specificity of individual questions with the birth attendant as respondent were assessed. FINDINGS: For early neonatal deaths, concordance across all questions was 94%. Concordance was at least 95% for more than half the questions on maternal medical history, birth attendance and neonate characteristics. Concordance on any given question was never less than 80%. Sensitivity and specificity varied across individual questions, more than 80% of which had a sensitivity of at least 80% and a specificity of at least 90%. For stillbirths, concordance across all questions was 93%. Concordance was 95% or greater more than half the time for questions on birth attendance, site of delivery and stillborn characteristics. Sensitivity and specificity varied across individual questions. Over 60% of the questions had a sensitivity of at least 80% and over 80% of them had a specificity of at least 90%. Overall, the causes of death established through verbal autopsy were similar, regardless of respondent. CONCLUSION: Birth attendants can substitute for bereaved mothers as verbal autopsy respondents. The questions in existing harmonized verbal autopsy questionnaires need further refinement, as their sensitivity and specificity differ widely.

  18. Importancia y diagnóstico del daño múltiple de órganos en autopsias clínicas / Importance and diagnosis of multiple organ failure in clinical autopsies

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    Teresita, Montero González; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Verónica, Walwyn Salas; Reynaldo, Álvarez Santana.

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    Full Text Available El estudio de más de 14 000 autopsias ha permitido integrar un conjunto de alteraciones morfológicas con el término de daño múltiple de órganos. El propósito del presente trabajo fue determinar la vigencia de los elementos diagnósticos iniciales del daño múltiple de órganos en fallecidos con factore [...] s causales. Se realizó un estudio de estos y se analizaron las relaciones de las causas de muerte con los factores causales y el número de órganos afectados con la estadía hospitalaria. Se revisaron 448 fallecidos y a quienes se les había realizado autopsia en el Instituto Superior de Medicina Militar "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto". Se revisaron los protocolos de autopsias, historias clínicas y láminas histopatológicas. Se seleccionaron los 145 casos con criterio de daño múltiple de órganos que constituyeron el objeto de estudio del presente trabajo. Los resultados muestran la presencia del daño múltiple de órganos en un tercio de los fallecidos, que fue mayormente en los menores de 50 años y en los procedentes de las terapias y unidades de cuidados intermedios. Se destacan entre las causas de muerte el daño tisular severo y la infección. Los órganos más afectados fueron los pulmones, el intestino, las glándulas suprarrenales, el hígado y el cerebro. Estuvo presente el daño múltiple de órganos en el 59,3 % de los fallecidos entre los primeros 4 días de estadía hospitalaria, con predominio del daño en 5 y 6 órganos. El daño múltiple de órganos se presentó en más de un tercio de los casos estudiados. La respuesta del organismo ante los factores causales, desencadena la respuesta inflamatoria sistémica que se expresa morfológicamente en el daño múltiple de órganos y puede llevar al paciente a la muerte. Abstract in english The study of more than 14 000 autopsies has allowed to integrate a series of morphological alterations with the term of multiple organ damage. The purpose of this paper was to determine the validity of the initial diagnostic elements in the deceased with causal factors. A study of them was carried o [...] ut and the relations of the death causes with the causal factors and of the number of organs affected with the hospital stay were analyzed. 448 dead, whose autopsy had been performed at "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Higher Institute of Military Medicine, were examined. The protocols of the autopsy, medical histories and histopathological laminae were reviewed. The 145 cases with criterion of multiple organ damage that were the object of study of this paper, were selected. The results showed the presence of multiple organ damage in a third of the dead. It was mostly observed in those under 50 and in the ones coming from the intermediate therapy and care units. Among the death causes, the severe tissue damage and infection stood out. The most affected organs were the lungs, the bowels, the suprarenal glands, the liver and the brain. Multiple organ damage was present in 59.3 % of the deceased in the first 4 days of hospital stay, with predominance of damage in 5 and 6 organs. The response of the organism to the causal factors triggers the systemic inflammatory response that is morphologically expressed in the multiple organ damage and may cause the death of the patient.

  19. Importancia y diagnóstico del daño múltiple de órganos en autopsias clínicas Importance and diagnosis of multiple organ failure in clinical autopsies

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    Teresita Montero González

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    Full Text Available El estudio de más de 14 000 autopsias ha permitido integrar un conjunto de alteraciones morfológicas con el término de daño múltiple de órganos. El propósito del presente trabajo fue determinar la vigencia de los elementos diagnósticos iniciales del daño múltiple de órganos en fallecidos con factores causales. Se realizó un estudio de estos y se analizaron las relaciones de las causas de muerte con los factores causales y el número de órganos afectados con la estadía hospitalaria. Se revisaron 448 fallecidos y a quienes se les había realizado autopsia en el Instituto Superior de Medicina Militar "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto". Se revisaron los protocolos de autopsias, historias clínicas y láminas histopatológicas. Se seleccionaron los 145 casos con criterio de daño múltiple de órganos que constituyeron el objeto de estudio del presente trabajo. Los resultados muestran la presencia del daño múltiple de órganos en un tercio de los fallecidos, que fue mayormente en los menores de 50 años y en los procedentes de las terapias y unidades de cuidados intermedios. Se destacan entre las causas de muerte el daño tisular severo y la infección. Los órganos más afectados fueron los pulmones, el intestino, las glándulas suprarrenales, el hígado y el cerebro. Estuvo presente el daño múltiple de órganos en el 59,3 % de los fallecidos entre los primeros 4 días de estadía hospitalaria, con predominio del daño en 5 y 6 órganos. El daño múltiple de órganos se presentó en más de un tercio de los casos estudiados. La respuesta del organismo ante los factores causales, desencadena la respuesta inflamatoria sistémica que se expresa morfológicamente en el daño múltiple de órganos y puede llevar al paciente a la muerte.The study of more than 14 000 autopsies has allowed to integrate a series of morphological alterations with the term of multiple organ damage. The purpose of this paper was to determine the validity of the initial diagnostic elements in the deceased with causal factors. A study of them was carried out and the relations of the death causes with the causal factors and of the number of organs affected with the hospital stay were analyzed. 448 dead, whose autopsy had been performed at "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Higher Institute of Military Medicine, were examined. The protocols of the autopsy, medical histories and histopathological laminae were reviewed. The 145 cases with criterion of multiple organ damage that were the object of study of this paper, were selected. The results showed the presence of multiple organ damage in a third of the dead. It was mostly observed in those under 50 and in the ones coming from the intermediate therapy and care units. Among the death causes, the severe tissue damage and infection stood out. The most affected organs were the lungs, the bowels, the suprarenal glands, the liver and the brain. Multiple organ damage was present in 59.3 % of the deceased in the first 4 days of hospital stay, with predominance of damage in 5 and 6 organs. The response of the organism to the causal factors triggers the systemic inflammatory response that is morphologically expressed in the multiple organ damage and may cause the death of the patient.

  20. La autopsia en los 50 años del Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" / Autopsies in the 50 years of "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Central Military Hospital"

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    Teresita, Montero González; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: en 1985 se presentó el Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control de Anatomía Patológica, objeto de estudio para la docencia y múltiples investigaciones. Objetivo: actualizar las principales causas de muerte en adultos y obtener las experiencias para elevar la calidad de la asistencia [...] médica que se brinda. Métodos: estudio retrospectivo, longitudinal con el referido sistema entre los años 1962 y 2011 de las autopsias realizadas en el Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto". Se analizaron los grupos de edad, sexo, especialidad de egreso, presencia de infección, cáncer, daño múltiple de órganos, causas de muerte y relación clínico-patológica. Resultados: la mitad de los casos fallecidos ocurrió en el área de atención al grave y el daño múltiple de órganos afectó casi el 50 %. La bronconeumonía y el infarto cardiaco constituyeron las principales causas de muerte, mientras que en las básicas resultaron las aterosclerosis. Las discrepancias para ambas causas de muerte fueron de una cada cinco autopsias. Conclusiones: las principales causas de muerte permiten caracterizar los principales problemas de salud. El Sistema Automatizado de Registro y Control de Anatomía Patológica y el daño múltiple de órganos han sido logros importantes de la especialidad obtenidos en 50 años en el Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto". La metodología de trabajo alcanzada en el estudio de la autopsia en dicha institución constituye referencia para otros hospitales y permite elevar la calidad de la asistencia médica que se brinda. Abstract in english Introduction: the Automated Pathological Anatomy Registration and Control System was first introduced in the year 1985 as an object of study for both teaching and a large number of research tasks. Objective: update the main causes of death among adults and obtain experience useful to improve the qua [...] lity of the medical care offered. Methods: retrospective longitudinal study, based on the aforementioned system, of the autopsies performed at "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Central Military Hospital between the years 1962 and 2011. The variables analyzed were age group, sex, discharge specialty, presence of infection, cancer, multiple organ damage, cause of death and clinico-pathological relationship. Results: half of the deaths occurred in the critical care area, and multiple organ damage affected nearly 50 %. Bronchopneumonia and cardiac infarction were the main causes of death, whereas atherosclerosis were the basic causes of death. Discrepancies for both causes of death were one in every five autopsies. Conclusions: the main causes of death make it possible to characterize the main health problems. The Automated Registration and Control System for Pathological Anatomy and multiple organ damage is an important achievement obtained by the specialty in the 50 years of "Dr. Luis Díaz Soto" Central Military Hospital. The methodology developed for the study of autopsies in the center constitutes a reference for other hospitals, and makes it possible to improve the quality of the medical care offered.

  1. An epidemiological study on pattern of thoraco-abdominal injuries sustained in fatal road traffic accidents of Bangalore: Autopsy-based study

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    N Bayapa Reddy

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    Full Text Available Background: The statistical profile reflects a global estimate of 5.1 million deaths in 2000, which was due to injuries that accounted for 10% of deaths due to all causes. Out of this, a quarter of injury-related deaths occurred in the South-East Asian region. Road Traffic Accident (RTA is one among the top 5 causes of morbidity and mortality in South-East Asian countries. Most common cause of blunt abdominal trauma in India is road traffic accident followed by pedestrian accidents, abdominal blows, and fall from heights. Aims: To analyze the epidemiology and pattern of fatal thoraco-abdominal injuries in road traffic accidents. Materials and Methods: An autopsy-based cross-sectional study conducted. A purposive sampling technique was applied to select the study sample of 100 post-mortems of road traffic accident between November 2008 and May 2010 subjected to medico-legal autopsy at the department of Forensic Medicine, KIMS Hospital Bangalore. Results: The majority of the victims were aged 21 to 40 years, 50 (50.0%, most of the victims were male 92 (92.0%; and male/female ratio was 11.5:1. Commonest offending agents in heavy motor vehicles were 54 (54.0%. Bony cage sustained injuries were observed in 71; out of this, fractures of ribs were observed in 45 (63.3% victims, clavicle in 14 (19.7%, sternum was 6 (8.4%, and vertebrae 6 (8.4% of fatal road traffic accidents. Internal thoracic injuries were observed in 26 cases. Among internal thoracic injuries, lungs were the most commonly involved organ 24 (92.3% followed by the heart 2 (7.6%. Lung sustained more lacerations 19 (79.1% than contusions 5 (20.8%. Internal abdominal injuries were observed in 49 cases. In road traffic accidents, the most commonly injured abdominal organs were solid organs such as liver 16 (32.6% followed by spleen 9 (18.3%. Conclusions: Majority of the times in road traffic accidents, young and productive males were injured or lost their life. This study may help the planners to take safety measures, to implement strict traffic rules, to risk stratification in the susceptible population to educate the people, and the study of nature of offending agent in RTA can help the authorities to plan better availability of health care on roads.

  2. Autopsia por silico-asbestosis: revisión a propósito de un caso forense / Autopsy by silico-asbestosis: a review of a forensic case

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    A., Sibón Olano; E., Sánchez Rodríguez; E., Barrera Pérez; J., Larrondo Espinosa; M., Salguero Villadiego.

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un varón de 72 años de edad, ex fumador desde hace años, diagnosticado de silicosis y carcinoma epidermoide de pulmón derecho, solicitándose por parte de la familia autopsia judicial por la sospecha de padecimiento de asbestosis y tras su confirmación reclamación como enfermed [...] ad profesional. La exposición de este suceso nos permite realizar una revisión de una enfermedad profesional que suele pasar como desconocida en las salas de autopsia, a pesar de su repercusión judicial. La asbestosis es un tipo de neumoconiosis reconocida como enfermedad profesional producida por la inhalación de fibras de asbesto. Su inhalación provoca fibrosis pulmonar. Presenta un tiempo de latencia clínica inversamente proporcional al nivel de exposición. Además de fibrosis pulmonar pueden producirse derrames pleurales, placas fibrosas pleurales, mesoteliomas, carcinomas pleurales y carcinoma de laringe. La silicosis es la neumoconiosis producida por inhalación de partículas de sílice, entendiendo por neumoconiosis la enfermedad ocasionada por el depósito de polvo en los pulmones con una reacción patológica frente a este, en especial de tipo fibroso. La silicosis es una enfermedad fibrótica-pulmonar de carácter irreversible y considerada enfermedad profesional incapacitante en muchos países, una de cuyas variantes más raras es la silico-asbestosis, la cual requiere exposición al sílice y al amianto. Abstract in english The case is presented the case of a 72-year-old ex-smoker for years, diagnosed with silicosis and squamous cell carcinoma of the right lung, being requested by the judicial autopsy family suspected of suffering from asbestosis and after confirmation complaint as an occupational disease. The exposure [...] of this event allows us to conduct a review of an occupational disease usually happens as unknown in autopsy rooms despite its legal repercussions. Asbestosis is a type of pneumoconiosis recognized as an occupational disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Inhalation causes pulmonary fibrosis in the lung presenting a time inversely proportional to the exposure level clinical latency. Besides pulmonary fibrosis may occur pleural effusions, pleural fibrous plaques, mesothelioma, pleural carcinomas and laryngeal carcinoma. Silicosis is produced by inhalation pneumoconiosis silica particles, meaning the disease caused by pneumoconiosis dust deposit in the lungs with a pathological reaction to the same, especially fibrous. Silicosis is a fibrotic lung disease-and considered irreversible disabling occupational disease in many countries one of which is the more rare variants silico asbestosis, which requires exposure to silica and asbestos.

  3. Autópsias psicológicas sobre suicídio de idosos no Rio de Janeiro / Psychogical autopsies into suicide among the elderly in Rio de Janeiro

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    Maria Cecília de Souza, Minayo; Fátima Gonçalves, Cavalcante; Raimunda Matilde do Nascimento, Mangas; Juliana Rangel Alves de, Souza.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Esse estudo analisa autópsias psicológicas e contextualiza problemas e fatores que levaram algumas pessoas idosas a acabar com a própria vida na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, entre 2004 e 2007. O estudo parte de 26 laudos periciais de homens e mulheres que cometeram suicídios no centro, na zona norte e [...] na zona sul da cidade. As famílias desses idosos foram contatadas por carta e telefone e depois, pessoalmente. Foram oito autópsias psicológicas, por meio das quais foram coletados dados de identificação, genograma da família e uma entrevista que reconstituiu o modo de vida e as razões da violência autoinfligida. Os entrevistados foram familiares, amigos e conhecidos das vítimas. Os suicídios estão associados a depressão, a enfermidades físicas e mentais graves e a fatores socioculturais como decadência profissional e socioeconômica. Esses eventos ocorreram com e sem apoio familiar, com e sem acompanhamento médico. A fragilização cumulativa de recursos pessoais e sociais no ciclo vital revela que o risco do suicídio em idosos exige cuidados permanentes de saúde pública. Abstract in english This study analyses psychological autopsies and contextualizes problems and issues that led to elderly people taking their own lives in the city of Rio de Janeiro between 2004 and 2007. The study began with an analysis of 26 expert findings of elderly men and women who committed suicide in the centr [...] al, northern and southern areas of Rio de Janeiro. The sample was contacted by letter and telephone and after that, by a one-on-one conversation. Eight psychological autopsies were conducted, in which identification data and family genograms were collected followed by an interview to profile the life style and the reasons for the self-inflicted violence. The interviewees were family members, friends and acquaintances of the victims. The suicides are associated with depression, serious physical and mental illness, as well as socio-cultural factors related to professional and socio-economic decline. The suicides occurred with and without family support, with and without medical care. The cumulative fragility of personal and social resources within the life cycle reveals that the risk of suicide among the elderly demands permanent care from the public health authorities.

  4. Infective endocarditis (IE) first diagnosed at autopsy: analysis of 31 cases in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil Endocardite infecciosa (EI) com diagnóstico feito apenas à necrópsia: análise de 31 casos ocorridos entre 1992 e 1997, em Ribeirão Preto, Brasil

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    Thirty one infective endocarditis (IE) fatal cases whose diagnosis was first obtained at autopsy were studied. The clinical data of these patients (Group 1) showed significant differences compared to other 141 IE cases (Group 2). The average age of 53 years in Group 1 patients was 18 years higher than that of Group 2. The Group 1 patients had a low frequency of IE predisposing heart disease. Both patient groups presented fever (about 87%), but a significant low frequency of cardiac murmur (25...

  5. Primary lymphoma of the central nervous system: a clinical-pathological and immunohistochemical study of ten autopsy cases Linfoma primário do sistema nervoso central: estudo clínico-patológico e imuno-histoquímico de dez casos de necropsia

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    Henrique Costa; Marcello Franco; Myriam Dumas Hahn

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    CONTEXT: Primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL) are a rare subgroup of lymphomas generally associated with HIV and EBV. OBJECTIVE: To study ten autopsy cases of PCNSL, to describe the neuropathological findings, to characterize the phenotype of the neoplastic cells, to detect EBV in the lesion and to compare the findings with the clinical and laboratory data of the patients. METHOD: The clinical, histological and immunohistochemical data of ten cases of PCNSL, eight cases from patie...

  6. Causas de óbito em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida, necropsiados na Fundação de Medicina Tropical do Amazonas Causes of death among patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome autopsied at the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas

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    Sílvia Leopoldina Santos de Souza

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar em 129 pacientes com AIDS, necropsiados na Fundação de Medicina Tropical do Amazonas de 1996 a 2003, as causas do óbito, observando o grau de concordância entre os diagnósticos necroscópicos com os diagnósticos clínicos. A doença mais freqüente que causou o óbito foi tuberculose 28%, seguida de pneumonia bacteriana 17%, histoplasmose 13%, toxoplasmose 10%, pneumocistose 8%, criptococose 5%, sepse bacteriana 4% e 15% outras causas. A concordância entre o diagnóstico clínico antemortem e a necropsia foi de 51,9%. O principal órgão acometido foi o pulmão 82,2%. O tempo de sobrevivência após o diagnóstico laboratorial até o óbito variou entre um mês e 120 meses. A média de sobrevivência foi 15 dias e 56% morreram menos de um mês após o diagnóstico, 15 pacientes morreram na mesma data do diagnóstico. Esses resultados demonstram a importância da necropsia na causa mortis em pacientes com AIDS.The aim of this study was to investigate the causes of death among 129 AIDS patients that were autopsied at the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas between 1996 and 2003. The degree of concordance between the autopsy diagnoses and the clinical diagnoses was observed. The disease that most frequently caused death was tuberculosis (28%, followed by bacterial pneumonia (17%, histoplasmosis (13%, toxoplasmosis (10%, pneumocystosis (8%, cryptococcosis (5%, bacterial sepsis (4% and other causes (15%. The concordance between the clinical diagnosis before death and the autopsy was 51.9%. The main organ involved was the lungs (82.2%. The length of survival from the time of the laboratory diagnosis to death ranged from one month to 120 months. The mean length of survival was 15 days and 56% died less than one month after the diagnosis, while 15 patients died on the same day that they were diagnosed. These results show the importance of autopsies in elucidating the causes of death among AIDS patients.

  7. Causas de óbito em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida, necropsiados na Fundação de Medicina Tropical do Amazonas / Causes of death among patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome autopsied at the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas

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    Sílvia Leopoldina Santos de, Souza; Pablo Vinícius Silveira, Feitoza; José Ribamar de, Araújo; Rosilene Viana de, Andrade; Luiz Carlos de Lima, Ferreira.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar em 129 pacientes com AIDS, necropsiados na Fundação de Medicina Tropical do Amazonas de 1996 a 2003, as causas do óbito, observando o grau de concordância entre os diagnósticos necroscópicos com os diagnósticos clínicos. A doença mais freqüente que causou o óbit [...] o foi tuberculose 28%, seguida de pneumonia bacteriana 17%, histoplasmose 13%, toxoplasmose 10%, pneumocistose 8%, criptococose 5%, sepse bacteriana 4% e 15% outras causas. A concordância entre o diagnóstico clínico antemortem e a necropsia foi de 51,9%. O principal órgão acometido foi o pulmão 82,2%. O tempo de sobrevivência após o diagnóstico laboratorial até o óbito variou entre um mês e 120 meses. A média de sobrevivência foi 15 dias e 56% morreram menos de um mês após o diagnóstico, 15 pacientes morreram na mesma data do diagnóstico. Esses resultados demonstram a importância da necropsia na causa mortis em pacientes com AIDS. Abstract in english The aim of this study was to investigate the causes of death among 129 AIDS patients that were autopsied at the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas between 1996 and 2003. The degree of concordance between the autopsy diagnoses and the clinical diagnoses was observed. The disease that most frequ [...] ently caused death was tuberculosis (28%), followed by bacterial pneumonia (17%), histoplasmosis (13%), toxoplasmosis (10%), pneumocystosis (8%), cryptococcosis (5%), bacterial sepsis (4%) and other causes (15%). The concordance between the clinical diagnosis before death and the autopsy was 51.9%. The main organ involved was the lungs (82.2%). The length of survival from the time of the laboratory diagnosis to death ranged from one month to 120 months. The mean length of survival was 15 days and 56% died less than one month after the diagnosis, while 15 patients died on the same day that they were diagnosed. These results show the importance of autopsies in elucidating the causes of death among AIDS patients.

  8. Methodological trends in studies based on verbal autopsies before and after published guidelines / Tendances méthodologiques des études reposant sur des autopsies verbales avant et après la publication de directives / Tendencias metodológicas de los estudios basados en autopsias verbales antes y después de la publicación de directrices al respecto

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    Rohina, Joshi; Andre Pascal, Kengne; Bruce, Neal.

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Informar sobre el seguimiento de las directrices publicadas a comienzos de los años noventa con recomendaciones específicas para el diseño de los futuros estudios de vigilancia de la mortalidad basados en autopsias verbales. MÉTODOS: Llevamos a cabo una búsqueda sistemática de la bibliogra [...] fía para localizar todos los estudios basados en autopsias verbales publicados antes de enero de 2006 y extraer de ellos un conjunto estándar de datos. Para comparar los estudios diseñados antes y después de que se formularan las recomendaciones se emplearon siete indicadores metodológicos clave. RESULTADOS: Hallamos 102 estudios realizados en 39 países; 60 se habían diseñado antes de que se publicaran las directrices, y 42 después de su publicación. Se observaron diferencias considerables en los métodos utilizados por esos 102 estudios. Aunque se detectaron algunas tendencias alentadoras, no hay indicios de que se hayan aplicado sistemáticamente las recomendaciones en materia de diseño. Más concretamente, no aumentó claramente la proporción de estudios con un cuestionario combinado (63% antes de las recomendaciones frente a 74% después de las mismas; p = 0,3), un encuestador adiestrado (70% frente a 70%; p = 1,0), un encuestado idóneo (98% frente a 100%; p = 1,0), un periodo de rememoración óptimo (84% frente a 97%; p = 0,2), algoritmos predefinidos (28% frente a 38%; p = 0,4), una opción para asignar varias causas de defunción (30% frente a 38%; p = 0,3), o un estudio de validación de seguimiento (83% frente a 72%; p = 0,7). CONCLUSIÓN: Las recomendaciones formuladas por los expertos para optimizar el diseño de los estudios basados en autopsias verbales se han aplicado solo parcialmente hasta la fecha. Un mayor cumplimiento de ese tipo de recomendaciones gracias a una colaboración más idónea entre los equipos de investigación permitiría probablemente obtener mejores estadísticas de mortalidad a partir del creciente número de estudios basados en autopsias verbales. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To report on the uptake of guidelines published in the early 1990s with specific recommendations about the design of future studies based on verbal autopsy conducted for mortality surveillance. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search of all verbal autopsy studies published be [...] fore January 2006 and extracted from the studies a standard set of data. We then compared studies designed before and after the recommendations were issued in terms of seven key methodological indicators. FINDINGS: We found 102 studies conducted in 39 countries; 60 were designed before and 42 after the guidelines were issued. The methods used in these 102 studies varied considerably. While some encouraging trends were noted, there is no evidence that the design recommendations have been systematically implemented. Specifically, there was no clear increase in the proportion of studies with a combined questionnaire (63% before recommendations versus 74% after; P = 0.3), a trained interviewer (70% versus 70%; P = 1.0), a suitable respondent (98% versus 100%; P = 1.0), an optimal recall period (84% versus 97%; P = 0.2), predefined algorithms (28% versus 38%; P = 0.4), an option for assigning multiple causes of death (30% versus 38%; P = 0.3), or a follow-up validation study (83% versus 72%; P = 0.7). CONCLUSION: Expert recommendations for optimal design of verbal autopsy studies have been incompletely implemented to date. Better uptake of design recommendations through enhanced collaboration between research teams is likely to produce better mortality statistics from an increasing number of verbal autopsy studies.

  9. The high prevalence of undiagnosed prostate cancer at autopsy: implications for epidemiology and treatment of prostate cancer in the Prostate-specific Antigen-era.

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    Jahn, Jaquelyn L; Giovannucci, Edward L; Stampfer, Meir J

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    Widespread prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening detects many cancers that would have otherwise gone undiagnosed. To estimate the prevalence of unsuspected prostate cancer, we reviewed 19 studies of prostate cancer discovered at autopsy among 6,024 men. Among men aged 70-79, tumor was found in 36% of Caucasians and 51% of African-Americans. This enormous prevalence, coupled with the high sensitivity of PSA screening, has led to the marked increase in the apparent incidence of prostate cancer. The impact of PSA screening on clinical practice is well-recognized, but its effect on epidemiologic research is less appreciated. Before screening, a larger proportion of incident prostate cancers had lethal potential and were diagnosed at advanced stage. However, in the PSA era, overall incident prostate cancer mainly is indolent disease, and often reflects the propensity to be screened and biopsied. Studies must therefore focus on cancers with lethal potential, and include long follow-up to accommodate the lead time induced by screening. Moreover, risk factor patterns differ markedly for potentially lethal and indolent disease, suggesting separate etiologies and distinct disease entities. Studies of total incident or indolent prostate cancer are of limited clinical utility, and the main focus of research should be on prostate cancers of lethal potential. PMID:25557753

  10. Contribution of forensic autopsy to scene reconstruction in mass fire casualties: a case of alleged arson on a floor consisting of small compartments in a building.

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    Michiue, Tomomi; Ishikawa, Takaki; Oritani, Shigeki; Maeda, Hitoshi

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    A fire is an important cause of mass disasters, involving various forensic issues. Before dawn on an early morning, 16 male visitors in their twenties to sixties were killed in a possibly incendiary fire at a 'private video parlor' consisting of small compartments in a building. The main causes of death as determined by forensic autopsy were acute carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication for all of the 15 found-dead victims, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy following acute CO intoxication for a victim who died in hospital. Burns were mild (carboxyhemoglobin saturation (COHb) was higher for victims found dead in the inner area. Blood cyanide levels were sublethal, moderately correlated to COHb, but were higher in victims found around the estimated fire-outbreak site. There was no evidence of thinner, alcohol or drug abuse, or an attack of disease as a possible cause of an accidental fire outbreak. These observations contribute to evidence-based reconstruction of the fire disaster, and suggest how deaths could have been prevented by appropriate disaster measures. PMID:25311374

  11. Hepatobiliary alterations in massive biliary ascariasis: histopathological aspects of an autopsy case Lesões hepatobiliares em ascaridíase biliar maciça: aspectos histopatológicos em um caso de autópsia

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    Full Text Available Hepatobiliary alterations found in an autopsy case of massive Biliary Ascariasis, are reported on histological grounds. Severe cholangitis was the main finding, but other changes were also detected, such as pyloric and intestinal metaplasia, hyperplasia of the epithelial lining, with intraductal papillomas and adenomatous proliferation. Remnants of the worm were observed tightly adhered to the epithelium, forming microscopic intrahepatic calculi. Mucopolysaccharides, especially acid, showed to be strongly positive on the luminal border, and in proliferated glands around the ducts. The authors discuss the similarity between such findings and Oriental Cholangiohepatitis, and suggest that inflammation and the presence of the parasitic remnants are responsible for the hyperplastic and metaplastic changes, similarly with what occurs in chlonorchiasis, fascioliasis and schistosomiasis.Os autores apresentam os aspectos histopatológicos encontrados no fígado de um caso de autópsia de Ascaridíase Biliar maciça. A intensa colangite foi o aspecto predominante, mas outras lesões também foram encontradas, tais como metaplasia pilórica e intestinal, hiperplasia epitelial com papilomas intraductais, e por vezes padrão adenomatoso. Restos do helminto foram encontrados fortemente aderidos ao epitélio, sendo intensa a positividade de mucopolissacárides, principalmente ácidos, na borda luminal do epitélio ductal e em glândulas proliferadas ao redor dos ductos. Os autores discutem a semelhança da Ascaridíase Biliar com a Colangio Hepatite Oriental, e sugerem que o processo inflamatório e a presença de restos do verme são responsáveis pelas alterações hiperplásicas e metaplásicas, analogamente ao que ocorre na clonorquíase, fasciolíase e esquistossomose.

  12. Suicide or accident? A psychological autopsy study of suicide in youths under the age of 16 compared to deaths labeled as accidents

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    Freuchen Anne

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    Full Text Available Abstract Objective In the present paper, we describe suicide in youths under 16?years of age and compare their risk factors for suicide to those of older adolescents as described in the literature. Furthermore, we evaluate the possible mislabeling of suicides as accidents, and vice versa. Method We used the data from a nationwide psychological autopsy of youths 15?years and younger who had committed suicide or died in accidents in Norway from 1993 to 2004 (n?=?84. We additionally constructed a suicide index to distinguish between the two causes of death. Results The young suicide victims presented, with little gender difference, fewer obvious risk factors and less suicide intent than commonly described for older adolescents. The suicide index distinguished quite well between suicides and accidents, with few cases indicating a possible mislabeling, although some suicide cases could have been labeled as uncertain. Conclusion In line with previous research, suicides in 11-15-year-olds have many similarities to suicides in older adolescents in terms of external circumstances, but they present less apparent warning signs. In our total sample of 84 deaths, there were few indications of incorrect labeling.

  13. The Experience of ICD Utilization on Verbal Autopsy Data to Obtain Trend of Cause of Death in Indonesian Population (1992–2007

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    Full Text Available Background: Cause of death data is necessary for arranging health programs. The needs of these data is not fulfill yet through reporting and recording system from health facilities only,therefore national health survei should be conducted regularly. Objective: To obtain cause of death trends in the populations from VA data. Methods: Material taken from Nasional Health Survey 1992, 1995, 2001, 2007 covering 65,664 households (HH, 206,240 HH, 211,168 HH, 258,366 HH respectively, selected by stratified random sampling technique using core and module sample of Socio Economic National Survey (Susenas and taken with a Probability Proportional to Size method. Cause of death data was collected by structured questionnaire using verbal autopsy (VA technique and was classified based on ICD 9 and ICD 10. Results: The disease patterns of cause of death from 1992 to 2007 showed the non-communicable disease is increasing continuously while communicable disease (infectious, maternal and perinatal, nutritional deficiencies is decreasing; however the burden of disease is still present on both groups of diseases. Conclusions: The little bit less accurate VA data (1992–2007 collected is able to produce national statistic data of cause of death and could be used to suggest health planning program managers in Indonesia

  14. Detection of Mercury in Human Organs and Hair in a Case of a Homicidal Poisoning of a Woman Autopsied 6 Years After Death.

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    Lech, Teresa

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    In the described case of the death of a 53-year-old woman, no toxicological examination was performed directly after death (only an anatomopathological autopsy), although symptoms of serious gastrointestinal disturbances had been present (the woman had been hospitalized twice in the course of several months). It was assumed that the cause of death was myocardial infarction. Five years later, some new circumstances came to light which suggested that somebody could have administered some poison (metals, cyanides) to the woman. Toxicological analysis of postmortem samples from the corpse, exhumed 6 years after death by order of the public prosecutor's office, revealed high tissue mercury contents in biological material (cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry): small intestine, 1516 ng/g; large intestine, 487 ng/g; liver, 1201 ng/g; heart muscle, 1023 ng/g; and scalp hair, 227 ng/g. In samples of soil from places near the coffin, negligible traces of mercury were found (0.5-1.5 ng/g); contamination by mercury from the environment was ruled out. The presented case is a rare example of recognition of mercury poisoning on the basis of the results of analysis of biological material from an exhumed cadaver. PMID:26017694

  15. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with multiple organized thrombi accompanied by unusual cholesterin deposition: autopsy case after long-term follow up.

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    Ichinoe, Masaaki; Mikami, Tetuo; Ujiie, Sachiko; Suzuki, Kosuke; Okayasu, Isao

    2009-10-01

    Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is characterized by a reduction in the platelet count and systemic thromboembolism during heparin therapy. Herein is reported a case of HIT with characteristic thrombus formation. A 68-year-old man who had been treated for hypertension for 27 years suffered a brain infarction and was treated with heparin. After this treatment, other new infarctions occurred in multiple organs. Because serum antibodies against heparin/PF4 complex were detected, he was diagnosed as having HIT, and warfarin and argatroban were administered instead of heparin. He died, however, 119 days after the first onset. At autopsy infarction due to organized thrombi with cholesterin deposition in multiple organs were found, similar to usual atherosclerotic emboli, but different to them with regard to clinical course and distribution of thrombi. This case in which organization and frequent cholesterin deposition were found in thromboembolized lesions of multiple organs after relatively long-term follow up, is unusual. The findings suggest that HIT accompanied by marked hypercholesterolemia of long duration contributes to a characteristic form of thromboembolism that needs careful management. PMID:19788623

  16. Comparison of sirolimus-eluting, paclitaxel-eluting, and bare-metal stents in a patient with angina pectoris: histopathological autopsy findings of the third month.

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    Miwa, Kenji; Inoue, Katsumi; Matsubara, Takao; Yasuda, Toshihiko; Inoue, Masaru; Kanaya, Honin

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    A 67-year-old man with a more than 15-year-old history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and glucose intolerance presented at our hospital with exertional angina. Coronary angiography showed considerable stenosis of 3 vessels. A diffuse calcified lesion in the left anterior descending coronary artery was pre-treated using rotational atherectomy followed by sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) implantation. A lesion in the proximal right coronary artery was treated by bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation, and the tandem lesion in the left circumflex artery was treated using paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) implantation. All the procedures were performed within 1 month of the initial presentation and yielded good angiographic results. 3 months after the final stenting, the patient was re-admitted because of congestive heart failure (CHF). While recovering from CHF, he suddenly developed cardiopulmonary arrest and died during hospitalization. Autopsy examination of the coronary arteries showed that both drug-eluting stents (DESs: SES and PES) and the BMS had characteristic histopathological features. Inflammatory responses in the neointima were greater in both the DESs than in the BMS. SES and PES showed different inflammatory infiltration pattern or fibrin deposition status; these histopathological differences observed in the DES environments have implication to cause adverse clinical events such as late stent thrombosis or late catch-up phenomena. PMID:24323405

  17. Miocárdio não compactado de ventrículo esquerdo: relato de caso com estudo de necropsia / Noncompaction of ventricular myocardium: case report with autopsy

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    Henrique, Pott Junior; Maria Cristina Furian, Ferreira.

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    Full Text Available O miocárdio não compactado de ventrículo esquerdo é cardiomiopatia genética em decorrência de uma anormalidade da morfogênese endomiocárdica. Quando presente, geralmente está associado a outras anomalias cardíacas congênitas, sendo raro seu achado isolado sem outras alterações estruturais cardíacas [...] associadas. Desde seu primeiro relato em 1990, a não compactação do miocárdio vem sendo amplamente estudada a fim de se estabelecerem caráter genético, história natural, métodos de diagnóstico, repercussões hemodinâmicas e prognóstico. O objetivo deste estudo foi relatar um caso de miocárdio não compactado isolado de ventrículo esquerdo com estudo de necrópsia. Abstract in english Noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium is a genetic cardiomyopathy due to an alteration in endomyocardial morphogenesis. When present, it is commonly associated with other congenital cardiac diseases, whereas it is rare as an isolated finding without other associated cardiac structural alterati [...] ons. Since its first report in 1990, the noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium has been widely studied in order to establish its genetic character, natural history, diagnostic methods, hemodynamic repercussions and prognosis. This study aims to report the case of an isolated noncompaction of the left ventricular myocardium with autopsy.

  18. An unusual autopsy case of incomplete decapitation of a motorcyclist with herniation of thoracic organs through a helmet-related neck wound.

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    Gioia, Sara; Suadoni, Fabio; Carlini, Luigi; Lancia, Massimo; Bacci, Mauro

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    The authors report an unusual autopsy case of a motorcyclist who wore a full-face type helmet and had incomplete decapitation and herniation of the heart and a portion of the right lung through an extensive lacerate wound on the front of the neck after his motorcycle crashed. The authors identified 2 main offensive dynamics that occurred simultaneously: First, partial decapitation with a extensive gaping wound on the neck caused by the chin strap after a violent angular movement of the head; second, the translocation of the abdominal organs into the thorax and the herniation of the thoracic organs through the neck wound generated by a compressive trauma of the thorax and abdomen. This singular case, like few others in forensic literature, shows the possibility of helmet chin strap-related traumas and highlights the limitations of modern protective helmets. If the postulated mechanism is confirmed despite the massive benefits derived from the compulsory use of protective helmets, the properties of the helmet chin strap would need to be reassessed to improve the protection of the soft tissue and bones in the neck. PMID:24189629

  19. Development of proton-induced x-ray emission techniques with application to multielement analyses of human autopsy tissues and obsidian artifacts

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    A method of trace element analysis using proton-induced x-ray emission (PIXE) techniques with energy dispersive x-ray detection methods is described. Data were processed using the computer program ANALEX. PIXE analysis methods were applied to the analysis of liver, spleen, aorta, kidney medulla, kidney cortex, abdominal fat, pancreas, and hair from autopsies of Pima Indians. Tissues were freeze dried and low temperature ashed before analysis. Concentrations were tabulated for K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb, Se, Br, Rb, Sr, Cd, and Cs and examined for significant differences related to diabetes. Concentrations of Ca and Sr in aorta, Fe and Rb in spleen and Mn in liver had different patterns in diabetics than in nondiabetics. High Cs concentrations were also observed in the kidneys of two subjects who died of renal disorders. Analyses by atomic absorption and PIXE methods were compared. PIXE methods were also applied to elemental analysis of obsidian artifacts from Campeche, Mexico. Based on K, Ba, Mn, Fe, Rb, Sr and Zr concentrations, the artifacts were related to several Guatemalan sources. (Diss. Abstr. Int., B)

  20. The effects of aging on biceps brachii muscle fibers: a morphometrical study from biopsies and autopsies / Efeitos do envelhecimento sobre as fibras do músculo biceps braquial: estudo morfométrico em biópsias e autópsias

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    Ana Cláudia, Mattiello-Sverzut; Leila, Chimelli; Maria Silvia de Assis, Moura; Silvia, Teixeira; José Alberto Mello de, Oliveira.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Para estudar a morfologia e o tamanho das fibras musculares, foram comparadas cortes transversos do bíceps braquial autopsiados, até 9 horas após o óbito, com biopsias musculares, em 72 indivíduos de ambos os sexos e idades entre 13 e 84 anos. MÉTODO: As amostras das autópsias (n=47) fora [...] m obtidas de indivíduos que morreram subitamente, ou após uma doença aguda sem evidência de comprometimento neuromuscular. As biópsias (n=25) foram obtidas de pacientes com sintomas sugestivos de miopatias inflamatória ou metabólica, não confirmadas morfologicamente. O diâmetro menor das fibras foi obtido usando a reação de ATPase. RESULTADOS: A análise morfológica mostrou que as mudanças induzidas pelo envelhecimento estiveram presentes a partir da sexta década para autópsias e consistiu de atrofia e grupamento de tipo. O modelo estatístico ajustado para mulheres, para autópsias e biópsias, foi linear e não indicou variação do tamanho das fibras com o aumento da idade. O modelo ajustado para homens, para ambos os casos, foi quadrático, indicando que a idade influenciou o tamanho dos diferentes tipos de fibras. Para homens, as fibras tipo 2 apresentaram-se maiores que as de tipo 1, e maiores que as das mulheres. CONCLUSÃO: Os valores encontrados podem ser úteis como controles, auxiliando na interpretação de modificações no tamanho das fibras para amostras provindas de biópsia e autópsia. Abstract in english OBJECTIVES: In order to study the morphology and size of muscle fibers, cross sections of biceps brachii samples from autopsies, up to 9 hours after death, and biopsies of 72 subjects were compared. The subjects aged 13 to 84 years in both sexes. METHODS: The samples obtained from autopsies (n=47) w [...] ere from subjects with sudden death, or who died after acute disease without evidence of neuromuscular involvement. The biopsies (n=25) were from patients with symptoms suggestive of inflammatory or metabolic myopathy, not confirmed morphologically. The lesser diameter of muscle fibers was measured using the ATPase reaction. RESULTS: Morphological analysis showed that aging changes were present from the sixth decade in autopsies, and consisted of atrophy and/or type-grouping. The statistical models adjusted for females in both autopsies and biopsies were linear straight with no variation in fiber size with increasing age. The models adjusted for males in both groups were quadratic, indicating that age influenced the size of different type fibers. In males type 2 were larger than type 1 fibers, and than fibers in females. CONCLUSIONS: These values might be useful as controls, helping interpretation of changes in fiber size in samples obtained from biopsies and autopsies.

  1. Sudden Cardiac Death in Brazil: A Community-Based Autopsy Series (2006-2010) / Morte Súbita Cardíaca no Brasil: Análise dos Casos de Ribeirão Preto (2006-2010)

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    Maria Fernanda, Braggion-Santos; Gustavo Jardim, Volpe; Antonio, Pazin-Filho; Benedito Carlos, Maciel; José Antonio, Marin-Neto; André, Schmidt.

    Full Text Available Fundamento: Morte súbita cardíaca (MSC) é um evento súbito e inesperado, de causa cardiovascular, que ocorre em menos de uma hora após o início dos sintomas, em indivíduo sem qualquer condição clínica prévia potencialmente fatal ou assintomático nas últimas 24 horas antes do óbito, em caso de morte [...] não testemunhada. Apesar de ser um evento relativamente frequente, há poucos dados confiáveis na literatura sobre países em desenvolvimento. Objetivo: Descrever as características da MSC em Ribeirão Preto (SP 600.000 habitantes) baseando-se nos relatórios de autopsias do Serviço de Verificação de Óbitos do Interior. Métodos: Foram revisados retrospectivamente 4.501 relatórios de autopsias entre 2006 e 2010, para identificar casos de MSC. Foram coletados dados como causa específica do óbito, características demográficas e comorbidades das vítimas, data, local e hora do evento, e se foram realizadas manobras de ressuscitação cardiopulmonar (RCP). Resultados: Foram identificados 899 casos de MSC (20%; razão 30/100.000 habitantes por ano). A principal causa de MSC foi doença arterial coronariana (DAC - 64%), acometendo homens (67%) entre a sexta e a sétima década de vida. A maior parte dos eventos ocorreu durante a manhã, no domicílio (53,3%), e a RCP foi realizada em quase metade das vítimas (49,7%). A comorbidade mais prevalente foi hipertensão arterial sistêmica (57,3%). Doença de Chagas foi detectada em 49 casos (5,5%). Conclusão: A maioria dos casos de MSC ocorreu por DAC em homens entre a sexta e a sétima década de vida. Doença de Chagas, um importante problema de saúde pública na América Latina, foi detectada em 5,5% dos casos. Abstract in english Background: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a sudden unexpected event, from a cardiac cause, that occurs in less than one hour after the symptoms onset, in a person without any previous condition that would seem fatal or who was seen without any symptoms 24 hours before found dead. Although it is a r [...] elatively frequent event, there are only few reliable data in underdeveloped countries. Objective: We aimed to describe the features of SCD in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (600,000 residents) according to Coroners’ Office autopsy reports. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 4501 autopsy reports between 2006 and 2010, to identify cases of SCD. Specific cause of death as well as demographic information, date, location and time of the event, comorbidities and whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was attempted were collected. Results: We identified 899 cases of SCD (20%); the rate was 30/100000 residents per year. The vast majority of cases of SCD involved a coronary artery disease (CAD) (64%) and occurred in men (67%), between the 6th and the 7th decades of life. Most events occurred during the morning in the home setting (53.3%) and CPR was attempted in almost half of victims (49.7%). The most prevalent comorbidity was systemic hypertension (57.3%). Chagas’ disease was present in 49 cases (5.5%). Conclusion: The majority of victims of SCD were men, in their sixties and seventies and the main cause of death was CAD. Chagas’ disease, an important public health problem in Latin America, was found in about 5.5% of the cases.

  2. Sudden Cardiac Death in Brazil: A Community-Based Autopsy Series (2006-2010) / Morte Súbita Cardíaca no Brasil: Análise dos Casos de Ribeirão Preto (2006-2010)

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    Maria Fernanda, Braggion-Santos; Gustavo Jardim, Volpe; Antonio, Pazin-Filho; Benedito Carlos, Maciel; José Antonio, Marin-Neto; André, Schmidt.

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    Full Text Available Fundamento: Morte súbita cardíaca (MSC) é um evento súbito e inesperado, de causa cardiovascular, que ocorre em menos de uma hora após o início dos sintomas, em indivíduo sem qualquer condição clínica prévia potencialmente fatal ou assintomático nas últimas 24 horas antes do óbito, em caso de morte [...] não testemunhada. Apesar de ser um evento relativamente frequente, há poucos dados confiáveis na literatura sobre países em desenvolvimento. Objetivo: Descrever as características da MSC em Ribeirão Preto (SP 600.000 habitantes) baseando-se nos relatórios de autopsias do Serviço de Verificação de Óbitos do Interior. Métodos: Foram revisados retrospectivamente 4.501 relatórios de autopsias entre 2006 e 2010, para identificar casos de MSC. Foram coletados dados como causa específica do óbito, características demográficas e comorbidades das vítimas, data, local e hora do evento, e se foram realizadas manobras de ressuscitação cardiopulmonar (RCP). Resultados: Foram identificados 899 casos de MSC (20%; razão 30/100.000 habitantes por ano). A principal causa de MSC foi doença arterial coronariana (DAC - 64%), acometendo homens (67%) entre a sexta e a sétima década de vida. A maior parte dos eventos ocorreu durante a manhã, no domicílio (53,3%), e a RCP foi realizada em quase metade das vítimas (49,7%). A comorbidade mais prevalente foi hipertensão arterial sistêmica (57,3%). Doença de Chagas foi detectada em 49 casos (5,5%). Conclusão: A maioria dos casos de MSC ocorreu por DAC em homens entre a sexta e a sétima década de vida. Doença de Chagas, um importante problema de saúde pública na América Latina, foi detectada em 5,5% dos casos. Abstract in english Background: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a sudden unexpected event, from a cardiac cause, that occurs in less than one hour after the symptoms onset, in a person without any previous condition that would seem fatal or who was seen without any symptoms 24 hours before found dead. Although it is a r [...] elatively frequent event, there are only few reliable data in underdeveloped countries. Objective: We aimed to describe the features of SCD in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (600,000 residents) according to Coroners’ Office autopsy reports. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 4501 autopsy reports between 2006 and 2010, to identify cases of SCD. Specific cause of death as well as demographic information, date, location and time of the event, comorbidities and whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was attempted were collected. Results: We identified 899 cases of SCD (20%); the rate was 30/100000 residents per year. The vast majority of cases of SCD involved a coronary artery disease (CAD) (64%) and occurred in men (67%), between the 6th and the 7th decades of life. Most events occurred during the morning in the home setting (53.3%) and CPR was attempted in almost half of victims (49.7%). The most prevalent comorbidity was systemic hypertension (57.3%). Chagas’ disease was present in 49 cases (5.5%). Conclusion: The majority of victims of SCD were men, in their sixties and seventies and the main cause of death was CAD. Chagas’ disease, an important public health problem in Latin America, was found in about 5.5% of the cases.

  3. Autopsias psicológicas de treinta suicidios en la IV Región de Chile / Psychological autopsies of thirty suicides of the IV Region of Chile

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    Alejandro, Gómez Ch; Raquel, Opazo P; Rosa, Levi A; María Soledad, Gómez Ch; Carolina, Ibáñez H; Carlos, Núñez M.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El suicidio es un problema de salud pública relevante en Chile. Este es el primer estudio chileno con el método de la autopsia psicológica (AP). Objetivos: a) identificar factores de riesgo de suicidio en víctimas chilenas; b) identificar indicadores de riesgo para la intervención temp [...] rana; c) evaluar la aceptabilidad del método de la AP por los informantes. Método: La muestra consistió en 30 sujetos (24 hombres y 6 mujeres) que cometieron suicidio en la IV Región de Chile (diciembre de 2008-septiembre de 2010). La información fue recogida de entrevistas a informantes. El instrumento principal fue el Protocolo de Entrevista para Autopsia Psicológica. Resultados: La edad promedio fue 35,8 años. La mayoría comunicó intención suicida antes de consumarlo. Casi todos experimentaron eventos negativos, frecuentemente poco antes del suicidio. La mitad había intentado suicidarse previamente, algunos durante el mes precedente. El 36% estaba en tratamientos de salud mental al fallecer y un cuarto había visitado recientemente a profesionales de salud mental. Se identificó trastornos psiquiátricos (CIE-10) en el 90%, principalmente trastorno depresivo y por uso de sustancias. Los trastornos de personalidad fueron evidentes en ocho víctimas (33%): disocial (4), emocionalmente inestable (2), paranoide (1) y ansioso (evitativo) (1). Conclusiones: Se confirmó una elevada tasa de trastornos psiquiátricos. El antecedente de intentos previos es un predictor sensible de suicidio. La comunicación de intención suicida es frecuente y puede ser una oportunidad de intervención. El suicidio es frecuentemente precedido por eventos vitales negativos. La prevención del suicidio puede mejorar mediante el tratamiento efectivo de trastornos psiquiátricos e intervenciones psicosociales focalizadas. El seguimiento intensivo de intentadores parece altamente relevante. La AP es aceptable para los informantes. Abstract in english Background: Suicide is a relevant public health problem in Chile. This is the first Chilean study with the psychological autopsy method (PA). Aims: a) to identify risk factors for suicide in Chilean victims; b) to identify risk indicators for early intervention; c) to assess acceptability of the PA [...] method by informants. Method: Sample consisted of 30 subjects (24 males, six females) who commited suicide in the IV Region of Chile (December 2008-September 2010). Data was collected from informant interviews. Main instrument was the Psychological Autopsy Interview Protocol. Results: Mean age at suicide was 35.8 years. Most victims communicated suicidal intent before consummation. Almost all experienced negative life events, in many cases shortly before suicide. One half had attempted suicide previously, some during the preceding month. Thirty-six percent were in mental health treatments at time of death. A quarter had recently visited mental health professionals. Psychiatric disorders (ICD-10) were identified in 90%, mainly depressive and substance use disorders. Personality disorders were evident in eight victims (33%): dissocial (4), emotionally unstable (2), paranoid (1), and anxious (avoidant) (1). Conclusions: A high rate of psychiatric disorders was confirmed. Previous suicide attempts are sensitive predictors of completed suicide. Communication of suicide intent is frequent, and may be an opportunity for intervention. Suicide is often preceded by negative life events. Prevention of suicide may be improved by effective treatment of psychiatric disorders, and focused psychosocial interventions. Intensive follow-up of attempters seems highly relevant. PA is an acceptable method for informants.

  4. Verbal autopsy completion rate and factors associated with undetermined cause of death in a rural resource-poor setting of Tanzania

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Verbal autopsy (VA is a widely used tool to assign probable cause of death in areas with inadequate vital registration systems. Its uses in priority setting and health planning are well documented in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA and Asia. However, there is a lack of data related to VA processing and completion rates in assigning causes of death in a community. There is also a lack of data on factors associated with undetermined causes of death documented in SSA. There is a need for such information for understanding the gaps in VA processing and better estimating disease burden. Objective The study's intent was to determine the completion rate of VA and factors associated with assigning undetermined causes of death in rural Tanzania. Methods A database of deaths reported from the Ifakara Health and Demographic Surveillance System from 2002 to 2007 was used. Completion rates were determined at the following stages of processing: 1 death identified; 2 VA interviews conducted; 3 VA forms submitted to physicians; 4 coding and assigning of cause of death. Logistic regression was used to determine factors associated with deaths coded as "undetermined." Results The completion rate of VA after identification of death and the VA interview ranged from 83% in 2002 and 89% in 2007. Ninety-four percent of deaths submitted to physicians were assigned a specific cause, with 31% of the causes coded as undetermined. Neonates and child deaths that occurred outside health facilities were associated with a high rate of undetermined classification (33%, odds ratio [OR] = 1.33, 95% confidence interval [CI] (1.05, 1.67, p = 0.016. Respondents reporting high education levels were less likely to be associated with deaths that were classified as undetermined (24%, OR = 0.76, 95% CI (0.60, -0.96, p = 0.023. Being a child of the deceased compared to a partner (husband or wife was more likely to be associated with undetermined cause of death classification (OR = 1.35, 95% CI (1.04, 1.75, p = 0.023. Conclusion Every year, there is a high completion rate of VA in the initial stages of processing; however, a number of VAs are lost during the processing. Most of the losses occur at the final step, physicians' determination of cause of death. The type of respondent and place of death had a significant effect on final determination of the plausible cause of death. The finding provides some insight into the factors affecting full coverage of verbal autopsy diagnosis and the limitations of causes of death based on VA in SSA. Although physician review is the most commonly used method in ascertaining probable cause of death, we suggest further work needs to be done to address the challenges faced by physicians in interpreting VA forms. There is need for an alternative to or improvement of the methods of physician review.

  5. Valor del diagnóstico de la tuberculosis pulmonar por autopsia en Cuba / Importance of the pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis by autopsy in Cuba

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    Ana Ivonne, Martínez Portuondo; José, Hurtado de Mendoza Amat; Edilberto, González Ochoa.

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    Full Text Available El diagnóstico de la tuberculosis pulmonar por autopsia mide la calidad de la atención médica y el comportamiento de la enfermedad. Objetivo: Determinar los fallecidos que murieron con y por Tuberculosis pulmonar y la concordancia entre los diagnósticos clínico y anatomopatológico en el período estu [...] diado. Método: Se examinaron 77 341 necropsias del Registro Nacional de Autopsias de Cuba, en adultos, del 1994 -2003. Se realizó un análisis multicausal de la muerte. Resultados: El 0.2 % de los pacientes murió con tuberculosis pulmonar y 0.04 % por tuberculosis pulmonar. El 71 % correspondió al sexo masculino y la edad promedio, 69 años de edad. La causa directa más frecuente de la muerte fue a expensas de la bronconeumonía. La discrepancia diagnóstica entre el diagnóstico clínico y el anatomopatológico señaló 26 % en la causa directa y 53 % en la causa básica de la muerte. Conclusiones: Los pacientes fallecieron en edades avanzadas y un porcentaje importante por Bronconeumonía. El estudio confirma que existe una frecuencia muy baja de tuberculosis pulmonar activa y concordancia diagnóstica en la mitad de los pacientes. También una discrepancia diagnóstica en la tercera parte de los casos como causa directa de la muerte. Quedaría definir por otras investigaciones los factores que influyen en los casos diagnosticados postmortem que mantienen la transmisión oculta de la enfermedad. Abstract in english The quality of medical care and the behaviour of the illness can be valued through the achievement of the pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis by autopsy. Objective: To determine the patients who died with pulmonary tuberculosis and because of it and to establish the agreement between the clinical and t [...] he pathological diagnoses in the analized period. Method: A total of 77 341 necropsies taken from the Cuban national autopsies register were analized taking as reference a period of ten years (1994-2003).The clinical records were examined in those cases in which active tuberculosis was found. Results: The 0,2 % of the patients died with pulmonary tuberculosis and a 0.04 % died because of it. The average age was 69 years and 71 % of the persons were men. Broncho-pneumonia was the most important cause of death. The diagnostic discrepancy between clinical and pathological diagnosis showed a 26 % as the direct cause of death and a 53 % as the basic cause of death. Conclusion: An important percent of the deaths were by broncho-pneumonia and most of the patients died at an advanced age. It was confirmed a low frecuency of active pulmonary tuberculosis and there was diagnostic agreement in half of the patients. There was also a diagnostic disagreement in a third of the cases with direct cause of death. Other investigations could define the factors of the post-mortem cases diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis which keep hidden the transmission of this disease.

  6. Unnatural Deaths in Shanghai from 2000 to 2009: A Retrospective Study of Forensic Autopsy Cases at the Shanghai Public Security Bureau

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    Lin, Jun-Yi; Ma, Kai-Jun; Li, Bei-Xu

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    Shanghai is the most developed city in China and has a soaring population. This study uses forensic epidemiology to determine the relationship between unnatural deaths and the development in Shanghai, based on recently released forensic autopsy cases from the 2000s at the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (SPSB). There were 5425 accidental deaths, 2696 homicides, 429 suicides, 186 natural deaths, and 1399 deaths of undetermined cause. There was a male-to-female ratio of 2.02:1, and the average age was 40.9±18.7 years. Traffic accidents (84.2%) were the number one cause of accidental deaths, which decreased during the study period. Sharp force injury (50.6%) was the leading cause of homicides, different from Western countries, where firearms are the leading cause. Hanging (24.5%) was the leading cause of suicides, whereas drug and chemical intoxication was the leading cause in the previous decade; pesticide ingestion decreased in the 2000s. In addition to traffic accidents, manual strangulation was the leading cause of death in childhood fatalities. Children under age 2 were vulnerable to homicides. In the 2000s, there were a large number of drug overdoses, and illegal medical practices and subway-related deaths first appeared in Shanghai. A new type of terrorist attack that involved injecting people with syringes in public places was reflected in the SPSB archives. The forensic epidemiology and changes in unnatural deaths in this decade reflected their relationship with the law, policy and changes in Shanghai. Illegal medical practices, subway-related deaths and terrorist attacks were closely related to the development in Shanghai. Identifying the risks of unnatural deaths will improve public health. PMID:26110435

  7. (13)Carbon and (15)nitrogen isotopes in autopsy liver tissue samples from Greenlandic Inuit and Danes: consumption of marine versus terrestrial food

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    Milman, N.; Laursen, J.

    2010-01-01

    Background/Objectives: The content of C-13 and N-15 isotopes is higher in marine than in terrestrial food. C-13 and N-15 in human tissue therefore reflects the relative proportions of marine and terrestrial food consumed by the individual. The objective of this study was to measure C-13 and N-15 in liver tissue from Greenlandic Inuit and Danes. Subjects/Methods: Normal liver tissue was obtained at autopsy in 1992-1994 from 60 Inuit with a median age of 61 years (range 25-83) and in 1986 from 15 ethnic Danes with a median age of 84 years (range 66-93). By sieving, liver tissue was separated in a 'cellular fraction' and a 'connective tissue fraction'. C-13 and N-15 in dry liver tissue was measured on a mass spectrometer. delta C-13 indicates the C-13 content relative to the IAEA-CH-6 reference standard. delta N-15 indicates N-15 content relative to the atmospheric nitrogen reference standard. Results: Inuit: median delta C-13 was -21.2 parts per thousand in cellular and -20.0 parts per thousand in connective tissue fractions (P = 001). Median delta N-15 was 10.6 parts per thousand in both cellular and connective tissue fractions. Body mass index was negatively correlated with delta C-13 in the connective tissue fraction (r(s) = -0.42, P = 0.057). Danes: median delta C-13 was -27.0% in cellular and -24.3% in connective tissue fractions (P = 0.11). Median delta N-15 was 9.5 parts per thousand in cellular and 8.9 parts per thousand in connective tissue fractions (P = 0.5). Inuit had higher delta C-13 than Danes in both cellular and connective tissue fractions (P

  8. Assessing the repeatability of verbal autopsy for determining cause of death: two case studies among women of reproductive age in Burkina Faso and Indonesia

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    Ouédraogo Moctar

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Verbal autopsy (VA is an established tool for assessing cause-specific mortality patterns in communities where deaths are not routinely medically certified, and is an important source of data on deaths among the poorer half of the world's population. However, the repeatability of the VA process has never been investigated, even though it is an important factor in its overall validity. This study analyses repeatability in terms of the overall VA process (from interview to cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMF, as well as specifically for interview material and individual causes of death, using data from Burkina Faso and Indonesia. Methods Two series of repeated VA interviews relating to women of reproductive age in Burkina Faso (n = 91 and Indonesia (n = 116 were analysed for repeatability in terms of interview material, individual causes of death and CSMFs. All the VA data were interpreted using the InterVA-M model, which provides 100% intrinsic repeatability for interpretation, and thus eliminated the need to consider variations or repeatability in physician coding. Results The repeatability of the overall VA process from interview to CSMFs was good in both countries. Repeatability was moderate in the interview material, and lower in terms of individual causes of death. Burkinabé data were less repeatable than Indonesian, and repeatability also declined with longer recall periods between the death and interview, particularly after two years. Conclusion While these analyses do not address the validity of the VA process in absolute terms, repeatability is a prerequisite for intrinsic validity. This study thus adds new understanding to the quest for reliable cause of death assessment in communities lacking routine medical certification of deaths, and confirms the status of VA as an important and reliable tool at the community level, but perhaps less so at the individual level.

  9. Misoprostol como abortivo en España: A propósito de un caso de autopsia judicial Misoprostol as an abortive in Spain: Report of a judicial autopsy case

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    PM. Garamendi González

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    Full Text Available El Misoprostol es un agente farmacológico introducido en el mercado español bajo la forma de un fármaco protector gástrico y comercializado actualmente en asociación con un antinflamatorio. Desde hace varios años, se desarrolla un debate internacional sobre el hecho de que este mismo producto cumple las características de un abortivo extremadamente eficaz. No obstante, el uso inadecuado del Misoprostol puede causar daños severos a la madre y al feto, tanto si el producto se usa con fines abortivos como si se administra accidentalmente durante una gestación, incluso a las dosis recomendadas. Por otra parte, el Misoprostol tiene un rápido metabolismo y no es fácilmente identificable por los laboratorios toxicológicos de referencia, limitando su posible identificación en casos de uso inadecuado, voluntario o accidental. Se presenta un caso de autopsia médico legal tras un posible episodio de aborto inducido por la administración de Misoprostol.Misoprostol is a drug commercialized in Spain as a gastric protector. Nowadays it is sold in our country also associated with diclofenac to prevent gastric damages produced by anti-inflammatories. During the last few years, there has been a public debate in medical press about the fact that Misoprostol has also proved to be an excellent abortive. Nevertheless, when it is not properly used Misoprostol can be the cause of severe damages to the fetus and the mother. This Prostaglandin E1 analog is a drug rapidly metabolized in humans and it is not easy to identify in toxicological analyses. This is the main bias when trying to identify it in forensic cases of accidental damages after using it as a gastric protector or voluntary administration as an abortive. We present a case report about a forensic autopsy following a possible Misoprostol induced abortion.

  10. [An autopsied case of zygomycosis invasing in the central nervous system and vessels, which is difficult in the differential diagnosis from aspergillosis].

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    Ueno, Asako; Yoneda, Makoto; Kimura, Yuiti; Ookoshi, Tadakazu; Naiki, Hironobu; Kuriyama, Masaru

    2012-01-01

    A 59-year-old man with a long history of under-treated diabetes mellitus presented with severe inflammation that had spread from the sinus to the left orbital cavity. The bilateral internal carotid arteries were severely stenotic, causing multiple infarctions in the brain parenchyma. There was no ?-D-glucan detected in the cerebrospinal fluid. Based on the presence of central nervous system (CNS) inflammation and vascular involvements that spread from the sinusitis, we tentatively diagnosed this patient as having invasive fungal CNS infection, i.e. zygomycosis or aspergillosis. Although the patient was treated with anti-fungal drugs such as liposomal amphotericin B and voriconazole, he died of respiratory failure. Pathological examination of the autopsied tissues demonstrated zygomycosis in the brain and heart. The prevalence of zygomycosis is generally very low (-5% of CNS infections) compared with that of other fungal infections. The lack of an appropriate diagnostic marker may lead to the under- or mis-diagnosis of zygomycosis. Moreover, it is hard to differentiate zygomycosis from aspergillosis because the two diseases share common clinical features such as the association of sinusitis and vascular involvement. The clinically diagnostic points that discriminate zygomycosis from aspergillosis are as followed; i) ?-D-glucan is negative in zygomycosis but positive in aspergillosis; ii) diabetes is more frequent in patients with zygomycosis to those with aspergillosis; iii) the infectious lesion in aspergillosis shows an iso-low-intensity on T(2) weighted MRI image but shows a high intensity lesion in zygomycosis. The mortality rate of CNS zygomycosis is so high that an early diagnosis of it is warranted and the start appropriate anti-fungal treatments or surgical drainage in the early stage of the disease. PMID:22354231

  11. Polymorphisms in IL-10 and INF-? genes are associated with early atherosclerosis in coronary but not in carotid arteries: A study of 122 autopsy cases of young adults

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    José Carlos P. Esperança

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    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis is a complex disease, involving both genetic and environmental factors. However, the influence of genetic variations on its early development remains unclear. This study examined the association of 12 different polymorphisms with atherosclerosis severity in anterior descending coronary (DA, n = 103 and carotid arteries (CA, n = 66 of autopsied young adults (<30 years old. Histological sections (H-E were classified according to the American Heart Association. Polymorphisms in ACE, TNF-? (?308G/A and ?238 G/A, IFN-? (+874 A/T, MMP-9 (?1562 C/T, IL-10 (?1082 A/G and ?819 C/T, NOS3 (894 G/T, ApoA1 (rs964184, ApoE (E2E3E4 isoforms, and TGF-? (codons 25 and 10 genes were genotyped by gel electrophoresis or automatic DNA sequencing. Firearm projectile or car accident was the main cause of death, and no information about classical risk factors was available. Histological analysis showed high prevalence of type III atherosclerotic lesions in both DA (69% and CA (39% arteries, while severe type IV and V lesions were observed in 14% (DA and 33% (CA. Allele frequencies and genotype distributions were determined. Among the polymorphisms studied, IFN-? and IL-10 (?1082 A/G were related to atherosclerosis severity in DA artery. No association between genotypes and lesion severity was found in CA. In conclusion, we observed that the high prevalence of early atherosclerosis in young adults is associated with IFN-? (p < 0.001 and IL-10 (p = 0.013 genotypes. This association is blood vessel dependent. Our findings suggest that the vascular system presents site specialization, and specific genetic variations may provide future biomarkers for early disease identification.

  12. Hallazgos morfológicos en casos fatales de síndrome cardiopulmonar por hantavirus: Estudio de 7 autopsias / Morphological findings in fatal cases of hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome: Report of 7 autopsies

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    Pablo, Guzmán G; Oscar, Tapia E; Miguel, Villaseca H; Juan, Araya O; Lilia, Antonio P; Bolívar, Lee O; Juan, Roa S.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El síndrome cardiopulmonar por hantavirus (SCPH) es una enfermedad infecciosa aguda, caracterizada por insuficiencia cardio-respiratoria súbita y alta mortalidad, causada por un virus ARN del género Hantavirus, familia Bunyaviridae. Un 15% de los casos chilenos ha sido pesquisado en la [...] Araucanía. Objetivo: Conocer en casos fatales de SCPH, sus características clínicas y morfológicas. Material y Método: Estudio descriptivo-retrospectivo de siete casos fatales con examen postmortem, de SCPH, atendidos entre 1997 y 2009 en el Hospital Regional de Temuco. Resultados: Los casos fueron principalmente pacientes jóvenes, rurales, con un cuadro de compromiso respiratorio progresivo, con leucocitosis, trombopenia e infiltrado pulmonar intersticial bilateral. Los principales hallazgos histopatológicos fueron un acentuado edema pulmonar intra-alveolar e intersticial, con escaso daño epitelial e infiltrado mono-nuclear y leve edema miocárdico con infiltrado mononu-clear. Conclusiones: Los antecedentes epidemiológicos, clínicos y laboratorio permiten sospechar SCPH. En los casos fatales la autopsia permite diferenciar el SCPH de otras patologías similares y aporta tejidos para confirmar el diagnóstico. Abstract in english Introduction: Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS) is an acute infectious disease characterized by sudden cardiorespiratory failure and high mortality, caused by a RNA virus of the genus Hantavirus, family Bunyaviridae, 15% of Chilean cases have been detected in the Araucania Region. Objective [...] : To determine in fatal cases of HCPS, clinical and morphological characteristics. Materials and Methods: Descriptive-retrospective analysis of seven fatal cases with postmortem study of HCPS, attended between 1997 and 2009 at the Hospital of Temuco, Chile. Results: Cases were young patients from rural areas, and presented as an illness of progressive respiratory failure, with leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia and bilateral interstitial pulmonary infiltrates. Main morphological findings were marked intersticial and intraalveolar pulmonary edema, with minimal epithelial injury and mononuclear cell intersticial infiltrate and mild edematous intersticial inflamatory process. Conclusions: Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory background allow to suspect HCPS. In fatal cases, the autopsy makes possible to discard other similar pathologies and provide tissue for confirmation of the disease.

  13. Polymorphisms in IL-10 and INF-? genes are associated with early atherosclerosis in coronary but not in carotid arteries: A study of 122 autopsy cases of young adults

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    Esperança, José Carlos P.; Miranda, William R.R.; Netto, José B.; Lima, Fabiane S.; Baumworcel, Leonardo; Chimelli, Leila; Silva, Rosane; Ürményi, Turán P.; Cabello, Pedro H.; Rondinelli, Edson; Faffe, Débora S.

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    Atherosclerosis is a complex disease, involving both genetic and environmental factors. However, the influence of genetic variations on its early development remains unclear. This study examined the association of 12 different polymorphisms with atherosclerosis severity in anterior descending coronary (DA, n = 103) and carotid arteries (CA, n = 66) of autopsied young adults (< 30 years old). Histological sections (H-E) were classified according to the American Heart Association. Polymorphisms in ACE, TNF-? (? 308G/A and ? 238 G/A), IFN-? (+ 874 A/T), MMP-9 (? 1562 C/T), IL-10 (? 1082 A/G and ? 819 C/T), NOS3 (894 G/T), ApoA1 (rs964184), ApoE (E2E3E4 isoforms), and TGF-? (codons 25 and 10) genes were genotyped by gel electrophoresis or automatic DNA sequencing. Firearm projectile or car accident was the main cause of death, and no information about classical risk factors was available. Histological analysis showed high prevalence of type III atherosclerotic lesions in both DA (69%) and CA (39%) arteries, while severe type IV and V lesions were observed in 14% (DA) and 33% (CA). Allele frequencies and genotype distributions were determined. Among the polymorphisms studied, IFN-? and IL-10 (? 1082 A/G) were related to atherosclerosis severity in DA artery. No association between genotypes and lesion severity was found in CA. In conclusion, we observed that the high prevalence of early atherosclerosis in young adults is associated with IFN-? (p < 0.001) and IL-10 (p = 0.013) genotypes. This association is blood vessel dependent. Our findings suggest that the vascular system presents site specialization, and specific genetic variations may provide future biomarkers for early disease identification. PMID:26674973

  14. Encefalite herpética disseminada: apresentação de um caso autopsiado com estudo imuno-histoquímico / Disseminated herpetic encephalitis: report of an autopsied case with immunohistochemical study

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    José Eymard Homem, Pittella; Carlos Eduardo, Bacchi; James, Robb.

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    Full Text Available Relata-se um caso autopsiado de encefalite herpética disseminada em criança de um ano e três meses. O paciente era sadio até a moléstia atual quando apresentou febre, crises convulsivas repetidas e alterações de consciência que progrediram para o coma, evoluindo ao óbito em oito dias. O quadro neuro [...] patológico era caracterizado por necrose e inflamação em focos múltiplos disseminados nos hemisférios cerebrais, tronco encefálico e cerebelo. A técnica da Avidina-Biotina-Peroxidase revelou, em neurônios do tálamo, imunor-reatividade intra-citoplasmática e muito raramente intranuclear para antígeno do herpes-vírus tipo 1. Este caso difere dos demais de encefalite herpética descritos na literatura em dois aspectos: (1) pela disseminação das lesões, em contraste com as formas limitadas topograficamente ao sistema límbico e, menos comumente, ao tronco encefálico; (2) pela presença de necrose, inflamação e hemorragias focais, alterações estas praticamente ausentes nos casos de encefalite disseminada tipicamente descritos em indivíduos imunodeprimidos. Abstract in english An autopsied case of disseminated herpetic encephalitis in a previously healthy one-year-and-three-month-olu child is reported. He had fever, repeated convulsive crises and alterations of consciousness which progressed into a coma, leading to death in eight days. The neuropathological picture was ch [...] aracterized by necrosis and inflammation in multiple foci disseminated in the cerebral hemispheres, brainstem and cerebellum. The Avidin-Biotin-Peroxidase Complex technique showed, in neurons of the thalamus, intra-cytoplasmatic immunoreactivity, and, very rarely, intranuclear for the Herpes simplex virus type 1 antigens. This case differs from the other herpetic encephalitis ones described in the literature in two aspects: (1) by the dissemination of the lesions, in contrast with the forms topographically limited to the limbic system and, less commonly, to the brainstem; (2) by the presence of necrosis, inflammation and focal hemorrhage, which are alterations that practically do not exist in cases of disseminated encephalitis tipically described in immuno-depressed individuals.

  15. El daño multiorgánico en autopsias realizadas en Cuba en 1994 The multiple organ injury in autopsies carried out in Cuba in 1994

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    José Hurtado de Mendoza Amat

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Se exponen las experiencias en el estudio del daño multiorgánico vinculadas al estudio de 17 739 autopsias de adultos fallecidos en Cuba en 1994. El daño multiorgánico ocurrió en el 10 % de los casos. El 47 % procedió de las unidades de cuidados intensivos e intermedios y el 17 % tuvo una estadía hospitalaria menor de 24 horas. Como factores causales más frecuentes se presentaron el daño tisular severo y las infecciones. Los órganos más afectados fueron: bazo, hígado, cerebro, pulmón, tubo digestivo y riñón. Las causas directas de muerte más frecuentes: el propio daño multiorgánico, sus manifestaciones en determinados órganos y las causas que lo producen cuando persisten. Se confirmó que cuando un factor causal desata en el organismo una respuesta inmediata, fundamentalmente inmunológica, que se hace sistémica y produce lesiones características en diversos órganos, ocurre el daño multiorgánico. De acuerdo con su magnitud éste puede producir la muerte inmediata, regresar espontánea o terapéuticamente o manifestarse clínicamente como un síndrome de disfunción múltiple de órganos.The experiences obtained from the study of multiple organ injury linked to the investigation of 17 739 autopsies of adults who died in Cuba in 1994 are exposed. The multiple organ injury was found in 10 % of the cases. 47 % came from the intensive and intermediate care units, whereas 17 % were in hospital less than 24 hours. The severe tissue damage and infections were the most frequent causal factors. The most affected organs were: spleen, liver, brain, lung, digestive tube, and kidney. The most common direct causes of death were: the multiple organ injury itself, its manifestations in certain organs, and its causes when they persist. It was confirmed that the multiple organ injury occurs when a causal factor provokes in the organism an immediate response, mainly immunological, which becomes systemic and produces characteristic lesions in different organs. According to its magnitude, it may cause immediate death, cure spontaneous or therapeutically, or manifest itself clinically as a multiple organ failure syndrome.

  16. Autopsia bucal post-exhumación en víctimas de un desastre masivo: Masacre de la Cárcel de Sabaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela / Post-exhumation buccal autopsy in victims of a massive disaster: the Sabaneta Jail Massacre, Maracaibo, Venezuela

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    J.L., Fereira Paz; A., Espina de Fereira; F., Barrios Ferrer; O., Espina Rojas.

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    Full Text Available Ante la solicitud presentada por los parientes de víctimas no identificadas de la Masacre de la Cárcel de Sabaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela, un tribunal ordenó la exhumación de cuatro cadáveres, quince días después de haber sido sepultados. Se observó una buena conservación de los restos con apreciable [...] mantenimiento de las estructuras y contornos faciales. Se evidenció que el método de acceso a la cavidad oral empleado en la autopsia bucal pre-inhumación facilitó el abordaje para la autopsia post-exhumación, sin provocar mayor destrucción de los tejidos blandos y permitiendo la correcta manipulación tanto de las estructuras orales como de los dispositivos protésicos aportados como evidencias. En todos los casos se verificó la coincidencia de los datos obtenidos durante la autopsia pre-sepultura. Se concluye que cuando el proceso de inhumación se lleva a cabo siguiendo una adecuada planificación, se facilita una futura recuperación del cadáver cuando esta es requerida para completar el procedimiento de identificación. Abstract in english In view of the petition presented by the relatives of the unidentified victims of the Sabaneta Jail Massacre, Maracaibo, Venezuela, a court ordered the exhumation of four corpses, fifteen days after they were buried. The remains were well preserved, the structure and facial outline were well conserv [...] ed. It was evidenced that the method of access to the oral cavity employed in the pre-inhumation buccal autopsy facilitated the approach to the post-inhumation autopsy, without causing major destruction of the soft tissues and allowing for the correct manipulation of the oral structures as well as of the prosthetic appliances presented as evidence. In all cases, the coincidence of the data obtained during the pre-burial autopsy was verified. It was concluded that adequate planning of the inhumation process facilitates future recuperation of the bodies when this is required to complete the identification procedure.

  17. The presence of enterovirus, adenovirus, and parvovirus B19 in myocardial tissue samples from autopsies : an evaluation of their frequencies in deceased individuals with myocarditis and in non-inflamed control hearts

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    Nielsen, Trine Skov; Hansen, Jakob

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: Multiple viruses have been detected in cardiac tissue, but their role in causing myocarditis remains controversial. Viral diagnostics are increasingly used in forensic medicine, but the interpretation of the results can sometimes be challenging. In this study, we examined the prevalence of adenovirus, enterovirus, and parvovirus B19 (PVB) in myocardial autopsy samples from myocarditis related deaths and in non-inflamed control hearts in an effort to clarify their significance as the causes of myocarditis in a forensic material. METHODS: We collected all autopsy cases diagnosed with myocarditis from 1992 to 2010. Eighty-four suicidal deaths with morphologically normal hearts served as controls. Polymerase chain reaction was used for the detection of the viral genomes (adenovirus, enterovirus, and PVB) in myocardial tissue specimens. The distinction between acute and persistent PVB infection was made by the serological determination of PVB-specific immunoglobulins M and G. RESULTS: PVB was detected in 33 of 112 (29 %) myocarditis cases and 37 of 84 (44 %) control cases. All of the samples were negative for the presence of adenovirus and enterovirus. Serological evidence of an acute PVB infection, determined by the presence of immunoglobulin M, was only present in one case. In the remaining cases, PVB was considered to be a bystander with no or limited association to myocardial inflammation. CONCLUSION: In this study, adenovirus, enterovirus, and PVB were found to be rare causes of myocarditis. The detection of PVB in myocardial autopsy samples most likely represents a persistent infection with no or limited association with myocardial inflammation. The forensic investigation of myocardial inflammation demands a thorough examination, including special attention to non-viral causes and requires a multidisciplinary approach.

  18. Neurocisticercose: contribuição da necrópsia na consolidação da notificação compulsória em Ribeirão Preto-SP, Brazil Neurocysticercosis: contribution of autopsies to consolidation of the compulsory notification in Ribeirão Preto-SP, Brazil

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    LEILA CHIMELLI

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem como objetivo a apresentação dos achados de cisticercose nas necrópsias realizadas no Serviço de Patologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto-USP, no período de 1992 a 1997. Das 2522 necrópsias, a neurocisticercose foi detectada em 38 (1,5% dos casos. Destes, 22 (57,9% foram diagnosticados apenas na necrópsia enquanto 16 (42,1% apresentavam exames complementares consistentes com cisticercose. A análise dos prontuários médicos evidenciou que 21 (55,2% eram neurologicamente assintomáticos e a frequência das diversas manifestações clínicas estava de acordo com os dados da literatura. A elevada frequência de indivíduos assintomáticos detectados apenas através da necrópsia demonstra a importância desta como fonte complementar de dados para a consolidação da notificação compulsória da cisticercose. Embasado nos dados do presente estudo, o atual coeficiente de prevalência da cisticercose no município de Ribeirão Preto é 67 casos/100000 habitantes.Neurocysticercosis is a serious public health problem in several countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The objective of the present study is to present autopsy findings of neurocysticercosis in the Pathology Division of the University Hospital, Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, from 1992 to 1997. Neurocysticercosis was detected in 38 (1.5% of 2522 autopsies. In twenty two (57.9% of these, the diagnosis was made post-mortem, while 16 (42.1% had a previous diagnosis of cysticercosis based on laboratory and imaging studies. Reviewing the medical records, we found that 21 patients (55.2% were neurologically asymptomatic, while the various clinical manifestations in the others were in accordance with the literature. The high frequency of asymptomatic individuals detected only post-mortem indicates the importance of autopsies as an additional source of data to consolidate the compulsory notification of cysticercosis. Considering the results of this study, the new coefficient of prevalence of cysticercosis in Ribeirão Preto is 67 cases/100000 inhabitants.

  19. Autopsia bucal post-exhumación en víctimas de un desastre masivo: Masacre de la Cárcel de Sabaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela Post-exhumation buccal autopsy in victims of a massive disaster: the Sabaneta Jail Massacre, Maracaibo, Venezuela

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    J.L. Fereira Paz

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Ante la solicitud presentada por los parientes de víctimas no identificadas de la Masacre de la Cárcel de Sabaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela, un tribunal ordenó la exhumación de cuatro cadáveres, quince días después de haber sido sepultados. Se observó una buena conservación de los restos con apreciable mantenimiento de las estructuras y contornos faciales. Se evidenció que el método de acceso a la cavidad oral empleado en la autopsia bucal pre-inhumación facilitó el abordaje para la autopsia post-exhumación, sin provocar mayor destrucción de los tejidos blandos y permitiendo la correcta manipulación tanto de las estructuras orales como de los dispositivos protésicos aportados como evidencias. En todos los casos se verificó la coincidencia de los datos obtenidos durante la autopsia pre-sepultura. Se concluye que cuando el proceso de inhumación se lleva a cabo siguiendo una adecuada planificación, se facilita una futura recuperación del cadáver cuando esta es requerida para completar el procedimiento de identificación.In view of the petition presented by the relatives of the unidentified victims of the Sabaneta Jail Massacre, Maracaibo, Venezuela, a court ordered the exhumation of four corpses, fifteen days after they were buried. The remains were well preserved, the structure and facial outline were well conserved. It was evidenced that the method of access to the oral cavity employed in the pre-inhumation buccal autopsy facilitated the approach to the post-inhumation autopsy, without causing major destruction of the soft tissues and allowing for the correct manipulation of the oral structures as well as of the prosthetic appliances presented as evidence. In all cases, the coincidence of the data obtained during the pre-burial autopsy was verified. It was concluded that adequate planning of the inhumation process facilitates future recuperation of the bodies when this is required to complete the identification procedure.

  20. Renal involvement in human rabies: clinical manifestations and autopsy findings of nine cases from northeast of Brazil Envolvimento renal na raiva em humanos: manifestações clínicas e achados de autópsia de nove casos do nordeste do Brasil

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    A retrospective study was conducted in nine patients with rabies admitted to a hospital of Fortaleza, Brazil. Autopsy was performed in all cases. The ages ranged from three to 81 years and six were males. They all were bitten by dogs. The time between the accident and the hospital admission ranged from 20 to 120 days (mean 45 ± 34 days). The time until death ranged from one to nine days (mean 3.3 ± 5.5 days). The signs and symptoms presented were fever, hydrophobia, aerophobia, ...

  1. Aterosclerosis coronaria y daño miocárdico. Estudio de autopsias utilizando el Sistema Aterométrico / Coronary aterosclerosis and myocardial damage. An autopsy material study applying the Atherometric System

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    Yanira Noalis, Díaz Valdés; Myrna, Moreno Miravalles; Jorge, Bacallao Gallestey; José Emilio, Fernández-Britto Rodríguez.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: se estudió el corazón y las arterias coronarias epicárdicas derecha (CD), descendente anterior (DA) y circunfleja izquierda (CI) de 472 fallecidos, cuyas necropsias se practicaron en el Hospital Universitario "Dr. Carlos J. Finlay". Objetivos: describir la asociación entre las lesiones [...] ateroscleróticas de las arterias coronarias y las lesiones de fibrosis y necrosis del corazón. Caracterizar las lesiones coronarias y miocárdicas, según la existencia o no de antecedentes de cardiopatía isquémica. Material y Métodos: se realizó análisis cuantitativo y cualitativo de la lesión aterosclerótica utilizando el Sistema Aterométrico (SA). Se practicó un análisis de correlaciones canónicas para evaluar la asociación de la lesión miocárdica con la lesión de las coronarias. Para caracterizar la lesión se emplearon los cosenos del vector lesional que describen la importancia relativa de cada modalidad de lesión. Resultados: hay correlaciones moderadas pero significativas entre las lesiones coronarias y las lesiones miocárdicas. Las placas fibrosas son la lesión predominante, pero las estrías adiposas y las placas graves diferencian mejor a los fallecidos con y sin antecedentes de cardiopatía isquémica. Conclusiones: las estrías adiposas y las placas graves se asocian con las áreas de fibrosis y necrosis en el corazón. En los fallecidos con antecedentes de cardiopatía isquémica hay más placas graves y menos estrías adiposas que en los que no tienen antecedentes. Abstract in english Introduction: the heart and the main epicardiac coronary arteries from 472 autopsies done at the University Hospital Dr. Carlos J. Finlay were analyzed and studied. Objectives: to describe the association between coronary and cardiac lesions. 2.- To characterize coronary and myocardial lesions relat [...] ed to history of ischemic heart disease. Materials and Methods: we performed the quantitative and qualitative analyses as part of the Atherometic System (AS). A canonical correlation analysis was done to assess the association between coronary and myocardial lesion. Cosines of the lesion vector were used to describe and assess the relative importance of each type of lesion. Results: there are moderate but statistically significant correlations between myocardial fibrosis and necrosis, and coronary lesion. Fibrous plaques are the predominant lesion, but fatty streaks and severe plaques are more discriminant between cases with and without history of ischemic heart disease. Conclusions: fatty streaks and severe plaques are associated with the areas of fibrosis and necrosis of the heart. Cases with history of ischemic heart disease have more severe plaques and less fatty streaks than cases without history of ischemic heart disease.

  2. Guías para la práctica de la autopsia en casos de muerte súbita cardíaca / Guidelines for autopsy investigation of sudden cardiac death

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    C., Basso; M., Burke; P., Fornes; P. J., Gallagher; R. H. de, Gouveia; M., Sheppard; G., Thiene; A., van der Wal.

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    Full Text Available A pesar de que la muerte súbita cardíaca es una de las formas más importantes de muerte en los países occidentales, este problema no ha recibido la atención que merece por parte de los patólogos y de los médicos de los sistemas públicos de salud. Se han desarrollado nuevos métodos de prevención de a [...] rritmias potencialmente mortales, y el diagnóstico de certeza de las causas de muerte súbita cardíaca es en este momento de particular importancia. Los patólogos son responsables de determinar la causa exacta de la muerte súbita pero existen diferencias considerables en el modo en el que se aborda esta cada vez más compleja tarea. La Asociación Europea de Patología Cardiovascular desarrolló unas guías que representan el estándar mínimo necesario en la práctica habitual de la autopsia para la valoración de la muerte súbita cardíaca, incluyendo no sólo un protocolo para el examen del corazón y el muestreo histopatológico, sino también para la investigación toxicológica y molecular. Nuestras recomendaciones son aplicables a centros médicos universitarios, a hospitales regionales y locales y a todo tipo de Institutos de Medicina Forense. La adopción a lo largo de la Unión Europea de un método uniforme de investigación supondrá la mejora de la práctica habitual, permitirá realizar comparaciones significativas entre distintas comunidades y regiones y, lo que es más importante aún, favorecerá que se monitoricen los patrones de las enfermedades que causan una muerte súbita. Abstract in english Although sudden cardiac death is one of the most important mode of death in Western Countries, pathologists and public health physicians have not given this problem the attention it deserves. New methods of preventing potentially fatal arrhythmias have been developed, and the accurate diagnosis of t [...] he causes of sudden cardiac death is now of particular importance. Pathologists are responsible for determining the precise cause of sudden death but there is considerable variation in the way in which they approach this increasingly complex task. The Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology developed guidelines, which represent the minimum standard that is required in the routine autopsy practice for the adequate assessment of sudden cardiac death, including not only a protocol for heart examination and histological sampling, but also for toxicology and molecular investigation. Our recommendations apply to university medical centres, regional and district hospitals and all types of forensic medicine institutes. If a uniform method of investigation is adopted throughout the European Union, this will lead to improvements in standards of practice, allow meaningful comparisons between different communities and regions and, most importantly, permit future trends in the patterns of disease causing sudden death to be monitored.

  3. Causes of death in two rural demographic surveillance sites in Bangladesh, 2004–2010: automated coding of verbal autopsies using InterVA-4

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    Full Text Available Objective: Population-based information on causes of death (CoD by age, sex, and area is critical for countries with limited resources to identify and address key public health issues. This study analysed the demographic surveillance and verbal autopsy (VA data to estimate age- and sex-specific mortality rates and cause-specific mortality fractions in two well-defined rural populations within the demographic surveillance system in Abhoynagar and Mirsarai subdistricts, located in different climatic zones. Design: During 2004–2010, the sample demographic surveillance system registered 1,384 deaths in Abhoynagar and 1,847 deaths in Mirsarai. Trained interviewers interviewed the main caretaker of the deceased with standard VA questionnaires to record signs and symptoms of diseases or conditions that led to death and health care experiences before death. The computer-automated InterVA-4 method was used to analyse VAs to determine probable CoD. Results: Age- and sex-specific death rates revealed a higher neonatal mortality rate in Abhoynagar than Mirsarai, and death rates and sex ratios of male to female death rates were higher in the ages after infancy. Communicable diseases (CDs accounted for 16.7% of all deaths in Abhoynagar and 21.2% in Mirsarai – the difference was due mostly to more deaths from acute respiratory infections, pneumonia, and tuberculosis in Mirsarai. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs accounted for 56.2 and 55.3% of deaths in each subdistrict, respectively, with leading causes being stroke (16.5–19.3%, neoplasms (13.2% each, cardiac diseases (8.9–11.6%, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (5.1–6.3%, diseases of the digestive system (3.1–4.1%, and diabetes (2.8–3.5%, together accounting for 49.2–51.2% points of the NCD deaths in the two subdistricts. Injury and other external causes accounted for another 7.5–7.7% deaths, with self-harm being higher among females in Abhoynagar. Conclusions: The computer-automated coding of VA to determine CoD reconfirmed that NCDs were the leading CoD with some differences between the sites. Incorporating VA into the national sample vital registration system can help policy makers to identify the leading CoDs for public health planning.

  4. Avaliação imunológica nas pregas vestibulares de pacientes autopsiados com a Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida / Immunological evaluation of vestibular folds in autopsies of patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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    Janaínna Grazielle Pacheco, Olegário; Renata Calciolari, Rossi; Ana Karina Marques, Salge; Rosana Rosa Miranda, Corrêa; Vicente de Paula Antunes, Teixeira; Eumenia Costa da Cunha, Castro.

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    Full Text Available Em pacientes com Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida há uma diminuição das células envolvidas na resposta imune, o que influencia na população celular dos folículos linfóides encontrados nas pregas vestibulares, favorecendo o aparecimento de infecções nas vias aéreas destes pacientes. Estas infec [...] ções são a principal causa de mortalidade e morbidade nestes pacientes. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar a população de células nos folículos linfóides localizados nas pregas vestibulares de adultos autopsiados com Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida, com e sem infecções respiratórias associadas. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo transversal em 64 laringes de adultos coletadas na rotina das autopsias. Para a imunohistoquímica foram utilizados os anticorpos: Anti-B cells, Anti-CD3, Anti-CD68 e Anti-follicular dendritic cells. RESULTADOS: 46 (71,87%) dos pacientes estudados tinham diagnóstico de Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida. Nestes pacientes, a celularidade dos folículos linfóides foi estatisticamente menor em relação ao grupo controle em todos os fenótipos estudados. Nos pacientes imunodeprimidos com infecção respiratória associada, o número de células estava diminuído, sendo significante no caso dos linfócitos T (p=0,024). CONCLUSÃO: Em nosso estudo demonstramos que os folículos linfóides das pregas vestibulares são afetados pela infecção viral e representam com fidedignidade o estado imunológico de imunodepressão destes pacientes. Abstract in english Immune response cells are decreased in patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This alters the cell population in vestibular fold lymphoid follicles, leading to respiratory infections in these patients. Such infections are the main cause of mortality and morbidity in these patients. AI [...] M: to characterize lymphoid follicle cell populations in the vestibular folds of adults with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and associated or not respiratory infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was made of 64 adult larynges harvested during routine autopsies. Anti-B cell, Anti-CD3, Anti-CD68 and Anti-follicular dendritic cell antibodies were used for immunological testing. RESULTS: 46 (71.87%) of the sample patients had the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. In these patients, lymphoid follicle cellularity was lower compared to the control group. The cell number was decreased in patients with the Acquired Immunodefficiency Syndrome and associated respiratory tract infection. CONCLUSION: We demonstrated in this study that vestibular fold lymphoid follicles were affected by viral infections, and may be considered as a reliable marker of immunodepression in these patients.

  5. Autópsia psicológica e psicossocial sobre suicídio de idosos: abordagem metodológica / Psychological and psychosocial autopsy on suicide among the elderly: a methodological approach

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    Fátima Gonçalves, Cavalcante; Maria Cecília de Souza, Minayo; Stela Nazareth, Meneghel; Raimunda Magalhães da, Silva; Denise Machado Duran, Gutierrez; Marta, Conte; Ana Elisa Bastos, Figueiredo; Sonia, Grubits; Ana Célia Sousa, Cavalcante; Raimunda Matilde do Nascimento, Mangas; Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza, Vieira; Gracyelle Alves Remigio, Moreira.

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    Full Text Available O artigo analisa a qualidade e a consistência de um roteiro de entrevista semiestruturada, adaptado para o estudo do suicídio de pessoas idosas e apresenta o método das autópsias psicossociais que resultou da aplicação desse instrumento. O objetivo é demonstrar como o uso da entrevista em profundida [...] de e sua forma de organização e análise de dados foram testados e aperfeiçoados por uma rede de pesquisadores de vários centros de pesquisa do Brasil. O método envolveu a aplicação do instrumento em que se socializou um manual de instruções sobre a coleta, sistematização e análise de dados. A metodologia foi aplicada no estudo de 51 casos de idosos que faleceram por suicídio em dez municípios brasileiros, e permitiu a verificação da consistência do instrumento usado e a aplicabilidade do seu método, durante o processo e ao final, por meio de uma avaliação em rede. O roteiro aperfeiçoado e as instruções para replicá-lo e analisá-lo são aqui apresentados. Os resultados apontam o rigor e a credibilidade dessa abordagem metodológica testada e qualificada de um modo interdisciplinar e interinstitucional. Abstract in english The article analyzes the quality and consistency of a semi-structured interview script, adapted for the study on suicide among elderly people, and presents the psychological and psychosocial autopsy method, which is the result of application of this instrument. The objective is to demonstrate how th [...] e in-depth interview and subsequent data organization and analyses were tested and improved by a network of researchers from eight regions in Brazil. Evaluation of the method was conducted before and after the application of the instruments to collect, systematize and analyze the data. This methodology was applied in 51 cases of elderly people who committed suicide in ten Brazilian municipalities. The study did more than just collect data with scientific rigor, since it also verified the consistency of the instrument used and the applicability of the method. The improved script and the instructions of how to apply and analyze it are thus presented here. The results reveal the rigor and credibility of this methodological approach tested and qualified by a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional procedure.

  6. Autópsias psicológicas e psicossociais de idosos que morreram por suicídio no Brasil / Psychological and psychosocial autopsies of the elderly who committed suicide in Brazil

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    Fátima Gonçalves, Cavalcante; Maria Cecília de Souza, Minayo.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Analisam-se 51 casos de suicídio de idosos em dez municípios brasileiros, visando a conhecer a interação de variáveis associadas ao fenômeno. Uma revisão sobre o tema dá suporte teórico ao estudo. Tendo como base o método da autópsia psicológica, o estudo parte de um roteiro de entrevista semiestrut [...] urada, aplicada e analisada por pares de pesquisadores, mediante um mesmo procedimento de coleta, organização e análise dos dados. O conjunto foi reexaminado através de uma meta-análise de enfoque psicossocial e qualitativo sobre dados dos familiares entrevistados, interpretações dos pesquisadores, contextualização socioantropológica e categorias de relevância. Foram estudadas formas de perpetração e letalidade por sexo, faixa etária, perfil socioeconômico; fatores associados; e motivos atribuídos. Analisou-se a interação de fatores precipitantes relevantes. As conclusões apontam convergências entre estudos epidemiológicos e qualitativos. Doenças graves, deficiências e transtornos mentais juntos formam as principais causas, seguidas de depressão, conflitos familiares e conjugais. Recomenda-se atenção à qualidade de vida dos idosos, especialmente dos homens, que constituem o grupo de maior risco para suicídio. Abstract in english The authors analyze 51 cases of suicide among the elderly from ten Brazilian municipalities. The objective is to understand the interaction of variables associated with suicide among the elderly. A bibliographic review gives theoretical support to this study. Based on psychological autopsy, the stud [...] y begins with a semi-structured interview format, which was applied and analyzed by peer researchers, using the same procedure for gathering, organizing and analyzing the data. This material was reviewed using a psychosocial and qualitative meta-analysis approach based on family interview data, researchers' interpretations, socio-anthropological contextualization and relevance categories. Ways of committing suicide, reasons for suicide, associated factors, attributed motives and lethality were studied by sex, age and socioeconomic characteristics. The interaction of major precipitant factors was analyzed. The conclusions showed that there are convergences among epidemiological and qualitative studies. Severe illness, disabilities and mental disorders are the major causes, followed by depression and family and marital conflicts. Close attention to the quality of life of the elderly is recommended, especially of men who constitute the main suicide risk group.

  7. Autópsia psicológica e psicossocial sobre suicídio de idosos: abordagem metodológica Psychological and psychosocial autopsy on suicide among the elderly: a methodological approach

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    Fátima Gonçalves Cavalcante

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa a qualidade e a consistência de um roteiro de entrevista semiestruturada, adaptado para o estudo do suicídio de pessoas idosas e apresenta o método das autópsias psicossociais que resultou da aplicação desse instrumento. O objetivo é demonstrar como o uso da entrevista em profundidade e sua forma de organização e análise de dados foram testados e aperfeiçoados por uma rede de pesquisadores de vários centros de pesquisa do Brasil. O método envolveu a aplicação do instrumento em que se socializou um manual de instruções sobre a coleta, sistematização e análise de dados. A metodologia foi aplicada no estudo de 51 casos de idosos que faleceram por suicídio em dez municípios brasileiros, e permitiu a verificação da consistência do instrumento usado e a aplicabilidade do seu método, durante o processo e ao final, por meio de uma avaliação em rede. O roteiro aperfeiçoado e as instruções para replicá-lo e analisá-lo são aqui apresentados. Os resultados apontam o rigor e a credibilidade dessa abordagem metodológica testada e qualificada de um modo interdisciplinar e interinstitucional.The article analyzes the quality and consistency of a semi-structured interview script, adapted for the study on suicide among elderly people, and presents the psychological and psychosocial autopsy method, which is the result of application of this instrument. The objective is to demonstrate how the in-depth interview and subsequent data organization and analyses were tested and improved by a network of researchers from eight regions in Brazil. Evaluation of the method was conducted before and after the application of the instruments to collect, systematize and analyze the data. This methodology was applied in 51 cases of elderly people who committed suicide in ten Brazilian municipalities. The study did more than just collect data with scientific rigor, since it also verified the consistency of the instrument used and the applicability of the method. The improved script and the instructions of how to apply and analyze it are thus presented here. The results reveal the rigor and credibility of this methodological approach tested and qualified by a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional procedure.

  8. Autópsias psicológicas e psicossociais de idosos que morreram por suicídio no Brasil Psychological and psychosocial autopsies of the elderly who committed suicide in Brazil

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    Fátima Gonçalves Cavalcante

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Analisam-se 51 casos de suicídio de idosos em dez municípios brasileiros, visando a conhecer a interação de variáveis associadas ao fenômeno. Uma revisão sobre o tema dá suporte teórico ao estudo. Tendo como base o método da autópsia psicológica, o estudo parte de um roteiro de entrevista semiestruturada, aplicada e analisada por pares de pesquisadores, mediante um mesmo procedimento de coleta, organização e análise dos dados. O conjunto foi reexaminado através de uma meta-análise de enfoque psicossocial e qualitativo sobre dados dos familiares entrevistados, interpretações dos pesquisadores, contextualização socioantropológica e categorias de relevância. Foram estudadas formas de perpetração e letalidade por sexo, faixa etária, perfil socioeconômico; fatores associados; e motivos atribuídos. Analisou-se a interação de fatores precipitantes relevantes. As conclusões apontam convergências entre estudos epidemiológicos e qualitativos. Doenças graves, deficiências e transtornos mentais juntos formam as principais causas, seguidas de depressão, conflitos familiares e conjugais. Recomenda-se atenção à qualidade de vida dos idosos, especialmente dos homens, que constituem o grupo de maior risco para suicídio.The authors analyze 51 cases of suicide among the elderly from ten Brazilian municipalities. The objective is to understand the interaction of variables associated with suicide among the elderly. A bibliographic review gives theoretical support to this study. Based on psychological autopsy, the study begins with a semi-structured interview format, which was applied and analyzed by peer researchers, using the same procedure for gathering, organizing and analyzing the data. This material was reviewed using a psychosocial and qualitative meta-analysis approach based on family interview data, researchers' interpretations, socio-anthropological contextualization and relevance categories. Ways of committing suicide, reasons for suicide, associated factors, attributed motives and lethality were studied by sex, age and socioeconomic characteristics. The interaction of major precipitant factors was analyzed. The conclusions showed that there are convergences among epidemiological and qualitative studies. Severe illness, disabilities and mental disorders are the major causes, followed by depression and family and marital conflicts. Close attention to the quality of life of the elderly is recommended, especially of men who constitute the main suicide risk group.

  9. Suicide study : a psychological autopsy

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    RESUMO: O'suicídio'é'atualmente'um'problema'de'saúde'pública.'Estimarse'que'um'milhão'de'pessoas' morra'anualmente'devido'ao'suicídio.'De'acordo'com'diversas'agências'e'organizações'estimar 'que'ocorram'entre'20'a'40'tentativas'de'suicídio'por'cada'suicídio'consumado.'Os'custos'associados'ao'suicídio,'quer'humanos'quer'económicos'são'enormes'e'estendemrse'à'família,'emprego,'economia'e'finanças.'Os'números'oficiais'do'suicídio'em'Portugal'indicam'uma'taxa ligeiramente'acima'dos'10'por' cad...

  10. Diagnóstico del origen y la causa de la muerte después de la autopsia médico-legal (Parte I Diagnosis of the origin and cause of death after the medico-legal autopsy (Part I

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    J.L. Palomo Rando

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    Full Text Available Una de las tareas más difíciles en patología forense puede ser determinar, después de la autopsia, el origen y la causa de la muerte cuando dichos extremos no están claros o son discutibles. Una autopsia técnicamente perfecta es condición necesaria pero no suficiente para cumplir adecuadamente esta decisión. En el presente trabajo se delimitan claramente los conceptos de causa y mecanismo de muerte, muerte natural y muerte violenta. Se revisan muchos de los aspectos relacionados con el diagnóstico del origen y la causa de la muerte; especialmente el enfoque actual del valor de la autopsia en el diagnóstico, la interacción entre traumatismo y enfermedad, la doctrina de la causalidad, la utilización de la CIE-10, la llamada etiología médico-legal, la autopsia psicológica, la "autopsia blanca" o negativa y el origen de la muerte por complicaciones de la terapéutica, etc., todos ellos se ilustran con ejemplos de casos representativos. Se discute el limitado papel del patólogo forense en España en la determinación de la denominada etiología médico-legal. Las conclusiones constituyen un conjunto de recomendaciones para el mejor cumplimiento de este trabajo, entre ellas el abandono de las denominadas causas de muerte inaceptables como parada cardiaca, parada cardiorrespiratoria o muerte cerebral, etc., la utilización siempre que sea posible de los diagnósticos de la CIE-10 y del formato del apartado de la causa de la muerte (parte I y II del modelo internacional de certificado médico de causa de defunción de la OMS. Todo ello como guía breve que facilite un resultado judicial adecuado y aumente la credibilidad del patólogo forense.One of the most difficult tasks in forensic pathology is deciding the origin and the cause of death after the autopsy when those issues are unclear or debatable. A technically perfect autopsy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to adequately fulfil this decision. The present paper clearly defines the concepts of cause and mechanism of death, natural and violent death. We review many aspects related to the diagnosis of the origin and cause of death, especially the current approach of the value of autopsy in the diagnosis, the interaction between trauma and disease, the doctrine of causation, the use of ICD- 10, the so-called manner of death, the psychological autopsy, the negative autopsy and the origin of death from therapeutic complication, and so on., all of which are illustrated with relevant examples. We also discuss the limited role of the forensic pathologist in Spain in determining the so-called manner of death. The conclusions include(s a list of recommendations for the best performance of this work, including the abandonment of the so-called unacceptable causes of death -as cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary arrest or brain death, and so on- and whenever possible the adoption of the classification of ICD-10 and the standard paragraph in which the cause of death is informed (part I and II, as proposed by the WHO international certificate of death. These conclusions intend to be a brief guide to provide a fair judicial outcome and enhance the forensic pathologist´s credibility.

  11. Diagnóstico del origen y la causa de la muerte después de la autopsia médico-legal (Parte II Diagnosis of the origin and cause of death after the medico-legal autopsy (Part II

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    J.L. Palomo Rando

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    Full Text Available Una de las tareas más difíciles en patología forense puede ser determinar, después de la autopsia, el origen y la causa de la muerte cuando dichos extremos no están claros o son discutibles. Una autopsia técnicamente perfecta es condición necesaria pero no suficiente para cumplir adecuadamente esta decisión. En el presente trabajo se delimitan claramente los conceptos de causa y mecanismo de muerte, muerte natural y muerte violenta. Se revisan muchos de los aspectos relacionados con el diagnóstico del origen y la causa de la muerte; especialmente el enfoque actual del valor de la autopsia en el diagnóstico, la interacción entre traumatismo y enfermedad, la doctrina de la causalidad, la utilización de la CIE-10, la llamada etiología médico-legal, la autopsia psicológica, la "autopsia blanca" o negativa y el origen de la muerte por complicaciones de la terapéutica, etc., todos ellos se ilustran con ejemplos de casos representativos. Se discute el limitado papel del patólogo forense en España en la determinación de la denominada etiología médico-legal. Las conclusiones constituyen un conjunto de recomendaciones para el mejor cumplimiento de este trabajo, entre ellas el abandono de las denominadas causas de muerte inaceptables como parada cardiaca, parada cardiorrespiratoria o muerte cerebral, etc., la utilización siempre que sea posible de los diagnósticos de la CIE-10 y del formato del apartado de la causa de la muerte (parte I y II del modelo internacional de certificado médico de causa de defunción de la OMS. Todo ello como guía breve que facilite un resultado judicial adecuado y aumente la credibilidad del patólogo forense.One of the most difficult tasks in forensic pathology is deciding the origin and the cause of death after the autopsy when those issues are unclear or debatable. A technically perfect autopsy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to adequately fulfil this decision. The present paper clearly defines the concepts of cause and mechanism of death, natural and violent death. We review many aspects related to the diagnosis of the origin and cause of death, especially the current approach of the value of autopsy in the diagnosis, the interaction between trauma and disease, the doctrine of causation, the use of ICD- 10, the so-called manner of death, the psychological autopsy, the negative autopsy and the origin of death from therapeutic complication, and so on., all of which are illustrated with relevant examples. We also discuss the limited role of the forensic pathologist in Spain in determining the so-called manner of death. The conclusions include(s a list of recommendations for the best performance of this work, including the abandonment of the so-called unacceptable causes of death -as cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary arrest or brain death, and so on- and whenever possible the adoption of the classification of ICD-10 and the standard paragraph in which the cause of death is informed (part I and II, as proposed by the WHO international certificate of death. These conclusions intend to be a brief guide to provide a fair judicial outcome and enhance the forensic pathologist's credibility.

  12. The burden of disease in Maputo City, Mozambique: registered and autopsied deaths in 1994 / La charge de morbidité à Maputo (Mozambique): enregistrement et autopsie des personnes décédées en 1994 / La carga de morbilidad en Maputo (Mozambique), según los registros de defunciones y autopsias de 1994

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    Martinho, Dgedge; Ana, Novoa; Gloria, Macassa; Jahit, Sacarlal; James, Black; Catherine, Michaud; Julie, Cliff.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Clasificar las causas de defunción en Maputo (Mozambique) empleando los métodos del estudio sobre la Carga Mundial de Morbilidad, a fin de facilitar información a los formuladores de políticas sanitarias y de obtener valores basales para llevar a cabo futuros estudios en Maputo y en capita [...] les de provincia del país. MÉTODO: Se utilizaron datos extraídos del registro de defunciones y los registros de autopsias de Maputo correspondientes a 1994. RESULTADOS: En el registro de defunciones se habían consignado en total 9011 fallecimientos, lo que representaba una cobertura de aproximadamente el 86%. De esas defunciones, 8114 (92%) estaban clasificadas por causas. Los trastornos transmisibles, maternos, perinatales y nutricionales, eran la causa de 5319 muertes; las enfermedades no transmisibles, de 1834; y los traumatismos, de 961. Las diez causas principales de las defunciones registradas fueron los trastornos perinatales (1643 defunciones); el paludismo (928); las enfermedades diarreicas (814); la tuberculosis (456); las infecciones respiratorias inferiores (416); los accidentes de carretera/tráfico (371); la anemia (269); las enfermedades cerebrovasculares (269); los homicidios (188); y las meningitis bacterianas (178). CONCLUSIÓN: Las enfermedades infecciosas de todo tipo, los traumatismos y las enfermedades cerebrovasculares eran las causas principales de defunción, según demostraban tanto los registros de autopsia como el registro de defunciones de la ciudad. Las muertes relacionadas con el SIDA estaban subnotificadas. Dada la rápida propagación de la infección por el VIH, el SIDA se añadirá a la ya alta carga de enfermedades infecciosas y mortalidad prematura que registra Maputo. Los resultados del estudio indican que la causa de defunción es un valioso indicador de los resultados para los programas de lucha contra las enfermedades. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To classify the causes of death in Maputo City, Mozambique, using the methods of the Global Burden of Disease study, in order to provide information for health policy-makers and to obtain a baseline for future studies in Maputo City and provincial capitals. METHODS: Data were taken from t [...] he Maputo City death register and autopsy records for 1994. FINDINGS: A total of 9011 deaths were recorded in the death register, representing a coverage of approximately 86%. Of these, 8114 deaths (92%) were classified by cause. Communicable, maternal, perinatal, and nutritional disorders accounted for 5319 deaths; noncommunicable diseases for 1834; and injuries for 961. The 10 leading causes of registered deaths were perinatal disorders (1643 deaths); malaria (928); diarrhoeal diseases (814); tuberculosis (456); lower respiratory infections (416); road-traffic accidents (371); anaemia (269); cerebrovascular diseases (269); homicide (188); and bacterial meningitis (178). CONCLUSIONS: Infectious diseases of all types, injuries, and cerebrovascular disease ranked as leading causes of death, according to both the autopsy records and the city death register. AIDS-related deaths were underreported. With HIV infection increasing rapidly, AIDS will add to the already high burden of infectious diseases and premature mortality in Maputo City. The results of the study indicate that cause of death is a useful outcome indicator for disease control programmes.

  13. Cerebromeningeal hemorrhage: analysis of autopsies performed over a 10-year period / Hemorragia cerebromeníngea: análise de autópsias em período de 10 anos

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    Nelson, Martelli; Benedicto Oscar, Colli; João Alberto, Assirati Jr.; Hélio Rubens, Machado.

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    Full Text Available Foram analisados 353 pacientes que faleceram por hemorragia subaracnóidea autopsiados nos últimos 10 anos no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto. A hemorragia subaracnóidea estava associada a hipertensão arterial em 180 casos, a ruptura de aneurismas em 102 e a outras pa [...] tologias em 71 casos. O sexo masculino predominou nos pacientes com hemorragia associada a hipertensão arterial e o feminino nas hemorragias por ruptura de aneurismas. As hemorragias associadas a hipertensão arterial predominaram em faixas etárias mais altas em relação às hemorragias por aneurismas. Dos pacientes com aneurismas, 36 (35,3%) apresentaram aneurismas no complexo cerebral anterior/comunicante anterior, 30 (29,4%) na carótida interna e 23 (22,5%) na cerebral média. Nos casos de aneurismas, o vasoespasmo predominou no período do 3º ao 10º dia e o ressangramento predominou no período do 9º ao 16º e respectivamente 59,1% e. 61,5% desses pacientes apresentaram-se nos graus I e II na admissão e evoluíram para o grau IV após estas intercorrências. Ambas as intercorrências foram mais freqüentes entre os pacientes com aneurismas do complexo cerebral anterior/comunicante anterior. Sessenta e oito por cento dos óbitos por aneurismas ocorreram nos 9 primeiros dias após a hemorragia. Os pacientes admitidos em grau I e II e que sofreram vasoespasmo ou ressangramento e que poderiam beneficiar-se do tratamento cirúrgico precoce não tiveram esta oportunidade porque a nossa conduta naquela época era de operar sistematicamente no final da segunda ou no início da terceira semana após a hemorragia subaracnóidea. Abstract in english A study was conducted on the medical records of 353 patients who died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and who were submitted to autopsy over the last 10 years. SAH was associated with arterial hypertension in 180 (51%) cases, with ruptured aneurysms in 102 (28.9%), and with other pathologies in 7 [...] 1 (20.1%). The patients with hemorrhage associated with arterial hypertension were mostly males, and those with hemorrhage due to aneurysms were mostly females. Of the patients with aneurysms, 36 (35.3%) had aneurysms in the anterior communicating artery, 30 (29.4%) in the internal carotid artery, and 23 (22.6%) in the middle cerebral artery. Among the patients with aneurysms who suffered rebleeding and vasospasm, 59.1% and 61.5%, respectively, were classified as grade I and II upon admission, and all evolved toward grade IV after these complications, Vasospasm predominated from the 3rd to the 10th day after hemorrhage, and rebleedine from the 9 to 16th day and both were most frequent among patients with aneurysms of the anterior communicant artery. Sixty eight percent of the patients with aneurysms died during the first 9 days after hemorrhage. Because of our conduct was to operate systematically late, a considerable number of patients lost the oportunity to be treated surgically with possible favorable evolution due to vasospasm or rebleeding.

  14. Expresión Morfológica de la Arteria Basilar: Un Estudio con Material de Autopsia de Individuos Colombianos / Morphological Expression of the Basilar Artery: A Study with Colombian Population's Autopsy Material

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    Pedro Luis, Forero; Luis Ernesto, Ballesteros; Luis Miguel, Ramírez.

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    Full Text Available La arteria basilar (AB) presenta una expresión variable, la cual es determinante en la etiología de eventos clínicos que comprometen el tallo cerebral. El propósito de este trabajo fue determinar la expresión morfológica de la AB en una muestra de población colombiana. Fueron estudiados 100 tallos c [...] erebrales de individuos a quienes se les practicó autopsia en el Institutode Medicina Legal de Bucaramanga. El sistema vertebro-basilar fue perfundido con resina sintética y evaluado los calibres, trayectorias, niveles de origen y finalización de la AB. La AB presentó trayectoria rectilínea en 68%, desviación a la derecha en 12%, sinuosa en 10% y desviación a la izquierda en 10%. La longitud total de la AB fue 30,2 mm DE 4,07 y la longitud con relación al origen de la arteria Cerebelar superior fue 28,1 mm DE 3,84. Los calibres proximal y distal de la AB fueron 3,96 mm DE 0,48 mm y 3,7 mm DE 0,58 respectivamente. Con relación a las arterias de origen de la AB, se observó hipoplasia ( 2 mm) de la arteria vertebral derecha en el 8% y de la arteria vertebral izquierda en el 11% (P = 0,30). Se observó el origen de la AB a tres niveles del surco pontomedular: a nivel en el 43%, por arriba de este en el 30% y por debajo de este surco en 27% de los casos. Las trayectorias sinuosas y desviadas de la AB observadas y la presencia de hipoplasias de la arteria vertebral son ligeramente superiores a los señalados en estudios previos, mientras que su longitud se ubica en un rango medio y su calibre es ligeramente inferior a lo señalado en la literatura. Abstract in english The basilar artery (BA) has a variable expression which is determinant in the etiology of clinical events that compromise the brain stem. The purpose of this study was to determine the morphological expression of BA in a Colombian population sample. We studied 100 brainstems of individuals which und [...] erwent an autopsy at the Instituto de Medicina Legal of Bucaramanga. The vertebra basilar system was perfused with synthetic resin and its calibers, paths, levels of origin and end of the BA were evaluated. The BA presented a rectilinear trajectory in 68%, deviation to the right in 12%, sinuous in 10% and deviation to the left in 10%. The total length of the BA was 30.2 mm SD 4.07, its length in relation to the origin of the superior cerebellar artery was 28.1 mm SD 3.84. The proximal and distal caliber of the BA were 3.96 mm SD 0.48 mm and 3.7 mm SD 0.58 respectively. In relation to the origin arteries of the AB, hypoplasia was observed ( 2 mm) of the right vertebral artery in 8% and the left vertebral artery in 11% (P = 0.30). The origin of BA was observed at different spontomedullary groove levels: at level in 43%, above it in 30% and below it in 27% of the cases. The sinuous and diverted paths from the BA observed and the presence of vertebral artery hypoplasia are slightly higher than those reported in previous studies, while its length is at medium range and its caliber is slightly lower than reported in the literature.

  15. Morphological changes in the digestive system of 93 human immunodeficiency virus positive patients: an autopsy study / Alterações morfológicas no sistema digestivo de 93 pacientes infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana: um estudo de autopsias

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    Lucinda Calheiros, Guimarães; Ana Cristina Araujo Lemos, Silva; Adilha Misson Rua, Micheletti; Everton Nunes Melo, Moura; Mario Leon, Silva-Vergara; Sheila Jorge, Adad.

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    Full Text Available Envolvimento do sistema digestório em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (AIDS) é frequente e muitas alterações nesses pacientes são diagnosticadas apenas à autopsia. Há escassos estudos de autopsia com análise detalhada desse sistema e apenas um deles foi realizado no Brasil. Nest [...] e estudo avaliamos cada segmento do sistema digestório em 93 autopsias consecutivas de indivíduos infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana (HIV) e a importância dessas lesões para o óbito. Desses, 90 (96,8%) pacientes apresentavam AIDS. Revisamos prontuários médicos, relatórios de autopsias e cortes histológicos da língua ao reto corados pela técnica de hematoxilina-eosina. Quando necessário, analisamos colorações especiais e imuno-histoquímica para pesquisar infecções. Havia lesões no sistema digestório em 73 (78,5%) casos. As alterações mais comuns foram infecciosas: candidíase (42%), citomegalovirose (29%), histoplasmose (11,8%), toxoplasmose (9,7%) e infecção por micobactérias (9,7%). Neoplasias malignas foram raras, presentes em quatro (4,3%) casos (dois sarcomas de Kaposi, um adenocarcinoma gástrico e um carcinoma embrionário metastático). Todos os segmentos apresentaram lesões: língua (48,6%), esôfago (44,8%), estômago (44,7%), intestino grosso (43,2%) e intestino delgado (28,9%). As lesões encontradas foram causa imediata do óbito em cinco (5,4%) casos. Em outros 36 (38,7%) casos a doença básica era sistêmica comprometendo, também, o sistema digestório. Abstract in english Involvement of the digestive system in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is frequent and many changes in these patients are diagnosed only at autopsy. There are few studies of autopsy with detailed analysis of this system and only one was conducted in Brazil. We evaluated each [...] segment of the digestive system in 93 consecutive autopsies of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the importance of these lesions to death. Of these, 90 (96.8%) patients had AIDS. We reviewed medical records, autopsy reports and histological sections from tongue to rectum stained with hematoxylin-eosin. When necessary, we analyzed special stains and immunohistochemistry to investigate infections. There was damage to the digestive system in 73 (78.5%) cases. The most common infections were candidiasis (42%), cytomegalovirus (29%), histoplasmosis (11.8%), toxoplasmosis (9.7%) and mycobacterial infection (9.7%). Malignancies were rare, present in four (4.3%) cases (two Kaposi's sarcoma, one adenocarcinoma and one metastatic embryonal carcinoma). All segments showed lesions: tongue (48.6%), esophagus (44.8%), stomach (44.7%), colon (43.2%) and small intestine (28.9%). The lesions found were immediate cause of death in five (5.4%) cases. In another 36 (38.7%) cases the basic disease was systemic and also compromised the digestive system.

  16. Correlación clinicopatológica en pacientes inmunocompetentes con Meningitis tuberculosa, reporte de casos de autopsia en el Hospital Universitario de Santander-Colombia Clinicopathological correlation in inmunocompetent patients with tuberculous meningitis, autopsy cases report in the Hospital Universitario de Santander-Colombia.

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    Julio Cesar Mantilla

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    Full Text Available Introducción: describir tres casos fatales de tuberculosis meníngea y establecer correlación clinicopatológica. Materiales y métodos: revisión de protocolos de autopsia entre enero 1 y junio 30 de 2010 en el Departamento de Patología de la Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS. Entre 121 protocolos de necropsias se encontraron 3 casos de tuberculosis meníngea, de los cuales se revisaron historias clínicas, preparaciones histopatológicas y fotografías. Resultados: tres casos de adultos con edad promedio de 39 años, sin inmunosupresión con tuberculosis meníngea. Las manifestaciones clínicas fueron cefalea, vómito, fiebre, disartria, compromiso de pares craneales, alteraciones motoras y del estado de conciencia. Conclusiones: la tuberculosis meníngea es la forma más grave de la enfermedad, con desenlace fatal en casos no diagnosticados. El bajo índice de sospecha y la similitud con otras infecciones del sistema nervioso central, no permiten diagnostico precoz ni tratamiento oportuno. Salud UIS 2012; 44 (1: 57-66Introduction: to describe three fatal cases of tuberculous meningitis and to establish clinical pathological correlation. Materials and methods: Revision of autopsy protocols between 01 january and june 30 of 2010 in the Department of Pathology of the Industrial University of Santander (UIS. Between 121 protocols of autopsies were 3 cases of tuberculous meningitis, of which clinical histories, histopathological slides and photographies were rewieved. Results: three cases of adults with age average of 39 years, without inmunosupresión with tuberculous meningitis. The clinical manifestations were migraine, vomit, fever, disartria, commitment of cranial nerves, motor alterations and disorders of consciousness. Conclusions: the tuberculous meningitis is the most serious form of the disease, with fatal course in nondiagnosed cases. The low index of suspicion and the similarity with other infections of the central nervous system, do not allow early diagnostic and nor opportune treatment. Salud UIS 2012; 44 (1: 57-66

  17. Correlación clinicopatológica en pacientes inmunocompetentes con Meningitis tuberculosa, reporte de casos de autopsia en el Hospital Universitario de Santander-Colombia / Clinicopathological correlation in inmunocompetent patients with tuberculous meningitis, autopsy cases report in the Hospital Universitario de Santander-Colombia.

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    Julio Cesar, Mantilla; Carlos Andrés, Buitrago; Jeshar, Arocha; Gustavo, Pradilla.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: describir tres casos fatales de tuberculosis meníngea y establecer correlación clinicopatológica. Materiales y métodos: revisión de protocolos de autopsia entre enero 1 y junio 30 de 2010 en el Departamento de Patología de la Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS). Entre 121 protoco [...] los de necropsias se encontraron 3 casos de tuberculosis meníngea, de los cuales se revisaron historias clínicas, preparaciones histopatológicas y fotografías. Resultados: tres casos de adultos con edad promedio de 39 años, sin inmunosupresión con tuberculosis meníngea. Las manifestaciones clínicas fueron cefalea, vómito, fiebre, disartria, compromiso de pares craneales, alteraciones motoras y del estado de conciencia. Conclusiones: la tuberculosis meníngea es la forma más grave de la enfermedad, con desenlace fatal en casos no diagnosticados. El bajo índice de sospecha y la similitud con otras infecciones del sistema nervioso central, no permiten diagnostico precoz ni tratamiento oportuno. Salud UIS 2012; 44 (1): 57-66 Abstract in english Introduction: to describe three fatal cases of tuberculous meningitis and to establish clinical pathological correlation. Materials and methods: Revision of autopsy protocols between 01 january and june 30 of 2010 in the Department of Pathology of the Industrial University of Santander (UIS). Betwee [...] n 121 protocols of autopsies were 3 cases of tuberculous meningitis, of which clinical histories, histopathological slides and photographies were rewieved. Results: three cases of adults with age average of 39 years, without inmunosupresión with tuberculous meningitis. The clinical manifestations were migraine, vomit, fever, disartria, commitment of cranial nerves, motor alterations and disorders of consciousness. Conclusions: the tuberculous meningitis is the most serious form of the disease, with fatal course in nondiagnosed cases. The low index of suspicion and the similarity with other infections of the central nervous system, do not allow early diagnostic and nor opportune treatment. Salud UIS 2012; 44 (1): 57-66

  18. Influencia da causa de morte no peso corporal e dos orgaos internos em autopsias perinatais / Influence of cause of death on body and internal organs weight in perinatal autopsies

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    Rosana Rosa Miranda, Correa; Laura Penna, Rocha; Caetano Galvao, Petrini; Vicente de Paula Antunes, Teixeira; Eumenia Costa da Cunha, Castro.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as variações do peso corporal e dos órgãos internos de crianças autopsiadas no período perinatal e sua relação com a causa de morte. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 153 casos de autópsias perinatais realizadas em um hospital universitário do Sudeste do Brasil. Informações sobre caus [...] a de morte perinatal, data da autópsia, idade gestacional, peso perinatal e dos órgãos foram recuperadas dos protocolos de autópsia e do prontuário da mãe e/ou do recém-nascido. Foram definidos quatro grupos de causa de morte: malformações congênitas, hipóxia/anóxia perinatal, infecção ascendente e membrana hialina. Encéfalo, fígado, pulmões, coração, baço, timo e suprarrenais foram analisados. RESULTADOS: O peso das crianças com hipóxia/anóxia perinatal (1.834,6±1.090,1 g versus 1.488 g), membrana hialina (1.607,2±820,1 g versus 1.125 g) e infecção ascendente (1.567,4±1.018,9 g versus 1.230 g) foi maior do que o esperado para a idade gestacional. O peso dos pulmões foi maior nos casos com infecção ascendente (36,6±22,6 g versus 11 g) e menor nos casos com malformação congênita (22,0±9,5 g versus 40 g). O peso do baço foi maior nos casos que apresentaram infecção ascendente (8,6±8,9 g versus 3,75 g ). O peso das suprarrenais foi menor nos casos com malformação congênita (3,9±2,1 g versus 5,5 g), o do timo foi menor nos casos com miscelânea (3,7±1,2 g versus 7,5 g) e o do baço foi menor nos casos com imaturidade pulmonar (0,4±0,1 g versus 1,7 g). Todos esses resultados apresentaram diferenças significativas. CONCLUSÕES: Este estudo demonstra que as variações do peso das crianças e de seus órgãos estão relacionadas aos tipos de causa de morte perinatal. Esses dados podem contribuir para uma melhor interpretação dos achados de autópsia e a sua relação anatomoclínica. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in body and internal organ weight of autopsied children in the perinatal period and their relationship with the cause of death. METHODS: One hundred and fifty three cases of perinatal autopsies performed at a university hospital in Southeastern Brazil ere included. [...] Information about cause of perinatal death, date of autopsy, gestational age, perinatal weight and organ weight was obtained from the autopsy protocols and medical records of the mother and/or the newborn. Four groups of causes of death were defined: congenital malformations, perinatal hypoxia/anoxia, ascending infection and hyaline membrane. Brain, liver, lungs, heart, spleen, thymus and adrenals were analyzed. RESULTS: The weight of children with perinatal hypoxia/anoxi (1,834.6±1,090.1 g versus 1,488 g), hyaline membranes (1,607.2±820.1 g versus 1,125 g) and ascending infection (1,567.4±1,018.9 g versus 1,230 g) was higher than expected for the population. Lung weight was higher in cases with ascending infection (36.6±22.6 g versus 11 g) and lower in cases with congenital malformations (22.0±9.5 g versus 40 g). Spleen weight was higher in children with ascending infection (8.6±8.9 g versus 3.75 g ) and adrenal weight was lower in cases with congenital malformations (3.9±2.1 g versus 5.5 g). Thymus weight was lower in cases with miscellaneous causes (3.7±1.2 g versus 7.5 g) and spleen weight was lower in patients with lung immaturity (0.4±0.1 g versus 1.7 g). All results showed significant differences. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that variations in the weight of children and the weight of their organs are related to the types of cause of perinatal death. These data may contribute to a better interpretation of autopsy findings and their anatomical and clinical relationship.

  19. Use of verbal autopsy to determine mortality patterns in an urban slum in Kolkata, India / Utilisation de l'autopsie verbale pour détecter des modèles de mortalité dans un quartier urbain pauvre de Kolkata en Inde / Utilización de las autopsias verbales para determinar las causas de mortalidad en un barrio urbano pobre de Kolkata, India

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    Suman, Kanungo; Ataru, Tsuzuki; Jacqueline L, Deen; Anna Lena, Lopez; Krisnan, Rajendran; Byomkesh, Manna; Dipika, Sur; Deok Ryun, Kim; Vinay Kumar, Gupta; R Leon, Ochiai; Mohammad, Ali; Lorenz, von Seidlein; Sujit K, Bhattacharya; John D, Clemens.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Definir los patrones de mortalidad en un barrio urbano pobre de Kolkata, India, dentro del contexto de un proyecto contra el cólera y la fiebre tifoidea. MÉTODOS: En una población bien definida y sometida a vigilancia durante 18 meses se realizó el seguimiento de un conjunto de 63788 resi [...] dentes, cuyos hogares recibieron visitas mensuales del personal sanitario comunitario para identificar las defunciones. Las entrevistas con los familiares y allegados de las personas fallecidas fueron realizadas por médicos expertos, y los directores médicos atribuyeron la causa principal de la muerte siguiendo la Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades, 10.a edición. Las causas de la muerte se clasificaron según las categorías de la Carga Mundial de Morbilidad del 2000 y se evaluaron las tasas de mortalidad general y específica de cada caso en función del grupo de edad y del sexo. RESULTADOS: Se registraron 544 muertes durante el seguimiento de 87921 años-persona. Estos datos generaron una tasa de mortalidad de 6,2 por 1000 años-persona. En el 89% de las muertes (482/544) se asignó una causa. Las principales causas de defunción, en orden descendente, fueron: las enfermedades cardiovasculares (fundamentalmente, entre los adultos mayores de 40 años), el cáncer, las enfermedades respiratorias y los trastornos digestivos. La mayoría de las muertes acaecidas en niños menores de cinco años se debieron a la tuberculosis, las infecciones respiratorias y las enfermedades diarreicas. CONCLUSIÓN: Aunque las causas más frecuentes de muerte infantil fueron las infecciosas, en los adultos predominaron las enfermedades infecciosas no contagiosas. Es necesario continuar con las intervenciones contra las enfermedades infecciosas, así como iniciar estrategias nuevas e innovadoras para luchar contra las enfermedades no infecciosas. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To define mortality patterns in an urban slum in Kolkata, India, in the context of a cholera and typhoid fever project. METHODS: In a well-defined population that was under surveillance for 18 months, we followed a dynamic cohort of 63788 residents whose households were visited monthly by [...] community health workers to identify deaths. Trained physicians performed verbal autopsies and experienced senior physicians assigned the primary cause of death according to the International classification of diseases, 10th edition. We tabulated causes of death in accordance with Global Burden of Disease 2000 categories and assessed overall and cause-specific mortality rates per age group and gender. FINDINGS: During 87921 person-years of follow-up, we recorded 544 deaths. This gave an overall mortality rate of 6.2 per 1000 person-years. We assigned a cause to 89% (482/544) of the deaths. The leading causes of death, in descending order, were cardiovascular diseases (especially among adults aged over 40 years), cancer, respiratory ailments and digestive disorders. Most deaths in children under 5 years of age were caused by tuberculosis, respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases. CONCLUSION: Although the most common causes of death in children were infectious, non-communicable diseases were predominant among adults. There is a need for continuing interventions against infectious diseases in addition to new and innovative strategies to combat non-infectious conditions.

  20. Assessing a new approach to verbal autopsy interpretation in a rural Ethiopian community: the InterVA model / Evaluation d'une nouvelle manière d'interpréter les autopsies verbales dans une communauté rurale en Ethiopie: le modèle InterVA / Evaluación de un nuevo sistema de interpretación (modelo InterVA) de las autopsias verbales en una comunidad de la Etiopía rural

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    Mesganaw, Fantahun; Edward, Fottrell; Yemane, Berhane; Stig, Wall; Ulf, Högberg; Peter, Byass.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: La autopsia verbal (AV) -entrevista a miembros de la familia o a cuidadores acerca de las circunstancias de una defunción después del evento- es un instrumento de uso arraigado en las zonas con sistemas inadecuados o inexistentes de registro sistemático de las defunciones. Evaluamos los re [...] sultados de un modelo probabilístico (InterVA) de interpretación de las entrevistas de AV comunitarias, a fin de investigar las pautas de mortalidad por causas específicas en una comunidad etíope rural, y comparamos esos resultados con los obtenidos por médicos locales a los que se dio a examinar las AV, con miras a validar el modelo como instrumento comunitario. MÉTODOS: Se completaron con éxito doscientas ochenta y nueve entrevistas de AV, que incluían la mayor parte de las defunciones ocurridas en una determinada comunidad durante un periodo de un año. Las entrevistas de AV fueron interpretadas por médicos y mediante el modelo, y se procedió a calcular las fracciones de mortalidad por causas específicas para el conjunto de la comunidad y para grupos de edad particulares utilizando los dos sistemas. RESULTADOS: Se observó una buena correlación entre los resultados de los dos sistemas de interpretación en este ejemplo de Etiopía. Cuatro grandes grupos de causas explicaban más del 60% de toda la mortalidad, y los perfiles internos observados en grupos de edad específicos fueron compatibles con lo que podía esperarse para una comunidad subdesarrollada de alta mortalidad del África subsahariana. CONCLUSIÓN: En comparación con la interpretación realizada por médicos, el modelo InterVA requiere mucho menos trabajo y tiene una coherencia del 100%. Es un nuevo y valioso instrumento para caracterizar la distribución de la mortalidad por causas específicas en comunidades sin registros de defunción y para comparar las pautas de mortalidad de distintas poblaciones. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: Verbal autopsy (VA)- the interviewing of family members or caregivers about the circumstances of a death after the event- is an established tool in areas where routine death registration is non-existent or inadequate. We assessed the performance of a probabilistic model (InterVA) for inte [...] rpreting community-based VA interviews, in order to investigate patterns of cause-specific mortality in a rural Ethiopian community. We compared results with those obtained after review of the VA by local physicians, with a view to validating the model as a community-based tool. METHODS: Two-hundred and eighty-nine VA interviews were successfully completed; these included most deaths occurring in a defined community over a 1-year period. The VA interviews were interpreted by physicians and by the model, and cause-specific mortality fractions were derived for the whole community and for particular age groups using both approaches. FINDINGS: The results of the two approaches to interpretation correlated well in this example from Ethiopia. Four major cause groups accounted for over 60% of all mortality, and patterns within specific age groups were consistent with expectations for an underdeveloped high-mortality community in sub-Saharan Africa. CONCLUSION: Compared with interpretation by physicians, the InterVA model is much less labour intensive and offers 100% consistency. It is a valuable new tool for characterizing patterns of cause-specific mortality in communities without death registration and for comparing patterns of mortality in different populations.

  1. Autopsia verbal: una herramienta para determinar las causas de mortinatalidad y mortinatalidad en la comunidad / Verbal autopsy: a tool to determine the causes of stillbirths and stillbirths in the community

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    Dilberth, Cordero Valdivia; Elizabeth, de Bocaletti; Ruth, Alvarado Cáceres; Edgar, Chávez; Bertha, Pooley.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: este estudio, realizado en redes de salud urbanas y rurales de Bolivia (El Alto, Potosí y Cochamba), tuvo los siguientes objetivos: conocer las causas biológicas y sociales de mortinatalidad y mortalidad neonatal; identificar la proporción de muertes evitables y analizar el proceso de cada [...] muerte neonatal. Métodos: el estudio fue transversal y descriptivo, con muestreo no probabilístico. Se empleó el cuestionario desarrollado por la OMS el año 2003, con adaptaciones menores y se desarrolló un instrumento de autopsia social. Para la identificación de 'casos' se organizaron redes de informantes comunitarios. La información fue analizada por un panel de expertos y fue introducida en una base de datos. Resultados: se estudiaron 88 mortinatos y 137 neonatos fallecidos durante los primeros 28 días de vida. Las principales causas de muerte fueron: asfixia perinatal (mortinatos) y las infecciones (recién nacidos vivos). Las causas "sociales" fueron la falta de reconocimiento del problema por parte del cuidador y el manejo inapropiado del proveedor de salud. Según los paneles de expertos, la "evitabilidad" de las muertes fue del 85% y 96% para mortinatos y recién nacidos respectivamente. Conclusiones: la autopsia verbal, complementada con la autopsia social, brinda insumos importantes para el análisis local de las muertes neonatales y de los mortinatos, lo cual facilita el desarrollo de intervenciones adecuadas a diferentes contextos. La definición de 'mortalidad evitable' requiere ser mejor desarrollada. Las estrategias para reducir la mortalidad neonatal y perinatal, además de estar basadas en evidencias, deben ser factibles de ser aplicadas y deben responder a las necesidades locales. Abstract in english Objectives: this study, in health networks in urban and rural Bolivia (El Alto, Potosí and Cochabamba) had the following objectives: to know the biological and social causes of stillbirths and neonatal mortality, the proportion of preventable deaths and analyze the process of each neonatal death. Me [...] thods: the study was cross-sectional and descriptive, non-probability sampling. Used the questionnaire developed by WHO in 2003, with minor adjustments and developed a social autopsy instrument. For the identification of 'cases' were organized networks of community informants. Data were analyzed by a panel of experts and was introduced in a database. Results: we studied 88 stillbirths and 137 infants died during the first 28 days of life. The leading causes of death were: perinatal asphyxia (stillbirths) and infections (alive new born babies). "Social" causes were the lack of recognition of the problem by the caregiver and the inappropriate handling of the health care provider. According to the expert panels, the preventability of deaths was 85% and 96% for stillbirths and newborns respectively. Conclusions: verbal autopsy, complemented by social autopsy, provides important inputs for the local analysis of neonatal deaths and of stillbirths, which facilitates the development of interventions appropriate to different contexts. The definition of 'preventable mortality' needs to be better developed. Strategies to reduce neonatal and perinatal mortality, as well as being based on evidence, must be feasible and should be implemented to respond to local needs.

  2. Primary lymphoma of the central nervous system: a clinical-pathological and immunohistochemical study of ten autopsy cases Linfoma primário do sistema nervoso central: estudo clínico-patológico e imuno-histoquímico de dez casos de necropsia

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL are a rare subgroup of lymphomas generally associated with HIV and EBV. OBJECTIVE: To study ten autopsy cases of PCNSL, to describe the neuropathological findings, to characterize the phenotype of the neoplastic cells, to detect EBV in the lesion and to compare the findings with the clinical and laboratory data of the patients. METHOD: The clinical, histological and immunohistochemical data of ten cases of PCNSL, eight cases from patients with AIDS, identified among 265 autopsies of these patients were analyzed. RESULTS: Seven patients were males and the mean age was 40.9 years. The most frequent symptomatology was focal neurologic deficit (70%. Six patients presented with only one lesion. Histologically, densely cellular and polymorphous neoplasms with angiocentrism were observed, in 90% of cases. An association with other diseases was observed in four cases. Most patients had diffuse large B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. EBV was detected by immunohistochemistry in only one case. The lack of detection of the virus might have been due to the long time of fixation of the brain which might have inactivate epitopes therefore compromising the testing. CONCLUSION: In the present series, PCNSL presented with focal symptoms, with unifocal or multifocal lesions, with a predominant B-cell CD20 positive phenotype, rarely associated with EBV.CONTEXTO: Linfoma primário do sistema nervoso central (LP-SNC é raro subgrupo de linfomas relacionado à AIDS, geralmente associado EBV. OBJETIVO: Identificar os achados clínico-patológicos dos pacientes com LP-SNC. MÉTODO: Foram analisados dados clínicos, histológicos e imuno-histoquímicos de dez necrópsias de LP-SNC, oito deles de pacientes com AIDS, identificados entre 265 autopsias destes. RESULTADOS: Sete pacientes foram masculinos e a idade média foi 40,9 anos. A sintomatologia neurológica mais freqüente era focal (70%. Seis exibiram lesão única. Histologicamente, eram neoplasias densamente celulares e polimorfas, com angiocentrismo em 90% dos casos. Em quatro casos, houve associação com outras afecções. A maioria dos casos foi de linfoma não-Hodgkin difuso de grandes células B. A pesquisa para EBV foi positiva em um caso. CONCLUSÃO: Predominaram os LP-SNC associados à AIDS, com sintomatologia focal, lesão em massa ou multifocal, com predominância de células B CD-20.

  3. Lipofuscinose ceróide neuronal: relato de quatro casos com estudo por histoquímica retal, microscopia eletrônica de conjuntiva e necrópsia / Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis: report of four cases with study by rectal histochemistry, conjunctival electron microscopy, and autopsy

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    Luiz Fernando Bleggi, Torres; , Isac Bruck; Sérgio, Antoniuk; Lubomira, Oliva; Lúcia de, Noronha; José Luiz Pinto, Pereira.

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    Full Text Available Os autores relatam os achados neuropatológicos e clínicos de quatro casos de lipofuscinose ceróide ou doença de Batten. Dois casos foram estudados por necrópsia: o encéfalo mostrou atrofia e neurônios contendo pigmento citoplasmático com características tintoriais de lipofuscina. Um caso foi diagnos [...] ticado por estudo histoquímico de biópsia retal, em material congelado em nitrogênio líquido demonstrando-se células ganglionares mioentéricas contendo acúmulo citoplasmático de material granular fosfatase ácida positivo, bem como em grande número de macrófagos do córion. O quarto caso foi diagnosticado por microscopia eletrônica de biópsia de conjuntiva, com identificação de inclusões curvelíneas membranáceas e tipo impressão digital. Abstract in english The authors present the neuropathological and clinical findings of four cases of ceroid lipofuscinosis or Batten's disease. In two cases the autopsy findings showed brain atrophy and nerve cells packed with cytoplasmic granules compatible with lipofuscin. One case was diagnosed by histochemical tech [...] niques in frozen sections of rectal biopsy which showed myoenteric ganglion cells with cytoplasmic acid phosphatase positive material as well as numerous macrophages filled with lipofuscin in the mucosae. The fourth case was diagnosed by electron microscopy of conjunctival biopsy which showed cytoplasmic inclusions of membranous, curvilinear and fingerprint types.

  4. Affinities and densities of high-affinity (/sup 3/H)muscimol (GABA-A) binding sites and of central benzodiazepine receptors are unchanged in autopsied brain tissue from cirrhotic patients with hepatic encephalopathy

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    The integrity of GABA-A receptors and of central benzodiazepine receptors was evaluated in membrane preparations from prefrontal cortex and caudate nuclei obtained at autopsy from nine cirrhotic patients who died in hepatic coma and an equal number of age-matched control subjects. Histopathological studies revealed Alzheimer Type II astrocytosis in all cases in the cirrhotic group; controls were free from neurological, psychiatric or hepatic diseases. Binding to GABA-A receptors was studied using (/sup 3/H)muscimol as radioligand. The integrity of central benzodiazepine receptors was evaluated using (/sup 3/H)flunitrazepam and (/sup 3/H)Ro15-1788. Data from saturation binding assays was analyzed by Scatchard plot. No modifications of either affinities (Kd) or densities (Bmax) of (/sup 3/H)muscimol of central benzodiazepine binding sites were observed. These findings do not support recent suggestions that alterations of either high-affinity GABA or benzodiazepine receptors play a significant role in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy.

  5. Comparative study of abnormalities of central nervous system in children and adults autopsied after bone marrow transplantation / Estudo comparativo das alterações no sistema nervoso central de crianças e adultos autopsiados após transplante de medula óssea

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    Paulo R., Benites Filho; Luis G. M. Pinto de, Almeida; José, Zanis Neto; Ricardo, Pasquini; Luiz F., Bleggi-Torres.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Foram comparadas as anormalidades encontradas no sistema nervoso central de adultos e crianças submetidos à autópsia após transplante de medula óssea (TMO) no Departamento de Patologia Médica da Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). MÉTODOS: Relatórios das autópsias de 180 pacientes for [...] am revistos. Foram considerados crianças os pacientes abaixo de 15 anos; adultos, aqueles com 15 ou mais. A idade, o sexo, o diagnóstico clínico na época do TMO, o tempo de sobrevivência, as anormalidades neuropatológicas e a causa da morte foram analisados. RESULTADOS: Nas crianças (26,6% do total) e nos adultos (73,4% do total) o principal diagnóstico clínico prévio ao TMO foi, respectivamente, anemia aplásica severa (31,2%) e leucemia mielóide crônica (36,3%). O tempo médio de sobrevivência pós-TMO para crianças foi de 102,6 dias; para os adultos, 185,9. Lesões cerebrais foram consideradas causa de morte em 20,8% dos casos pediátricos e 11,3% do grupo adulto. As anormalidades neuropatológicas foram morfologicamente similares nas crianças e nos adultos e apresentaram, respectivamente, as seguintes prevalências: doenças cerebrovasculares em 58,3% e 56% (p = 0,8655), neurotoxoplasmose em 6,2% e 3% (p = 0,3856) e infecções em 27 e em 25,7% (p = 0,8489). CONCLUSÕES: As crianças tiveram sobrevida menor, maior número de casos de neurotoxoplasmose e duas vezes mais lesões graves do sistema nervoso central que o grupo adulto. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: We compare neuropathological abnormalities in children and adults after bone marrow transplantation (BMT) by means of autopsy in the Department of Medical Pathology, Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. METHODS: Autopsy reports of 180 patients were reviewed. They were divided i [...] n two groups: patients under 15 years old and those 15 or older. Age, gender, clinical diagnosis at time of BMT, survival time, neuropathological abnormalities and cause of death were analyzed. RESULTS: In children (26.6% of total) and in the adult group (73.4% of total), the main clinical diagnoses prior to BMT were, respectively, severe aplastic anemia (31.2%) and chronic myeloid leukemia (36.3%). The mean survival time for children was 102.6 days and for adults, 185.9 days after BMT. Brain lesions were considered cause of death in 20.8% of pediatric cases and 11.3% of the adult group. Neuropathological abnormalities were morphologically similar in children and adults, with the following respectively prevalence: cerebrovascular diseases in 58.3 and 56% (p = 0.8655), neurotoxoplasmosis in 6.2% and 3% (p = 0.3856) and infections in 27 and 25.7% (p = 0.8489). CONCLUSIONS: The pediatric patients had shorter survival than adults, with increasing prevalence of neurotoxoplasmosis, and brain lesions were considered cause of death in twice as many as compared to adult patients.

  6. La señal aterogénica temprana: estudio multinacional de 4 934 niños y jóvenes y 1 278 autopsias / The early atherogenic signal: a multinational study of 4 934 children and youth and 1 278 autopsies

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    José Emilio, Fernández-Britto Rodríguez; Aurora, Barriuso Andino; María Teresa, Chiang; Abel, Pereira; Hermes, Toros Xavier; José A, Castillo Herrera; Celia, Bosch Salado; Rosario, Carballo Martínez; Jorge, Bacallao Guerra; Elba, Lima Estévez; Deborah, Sevilla Martínes; María de Jesús, Pla Padrón.

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    Full Text Available Se presentaron los resultados de 5 investigaciones realizadas en niños y jóvenes, para demostrar que existen desde las primeras edades de la vida una serie de señales aterogénicas tempranas posibles de detectar; las que conocidas obligan a tomar medidas médicas y socioculturales que permitan evitar [...] o retardar el desarrollo de la aterosclerosis. Se estudiaron niños y adolescentes entre 5 y 16 años de 6 escuelas de Ciudad de La Habana, 2 de Panamá, 1 de Concepción, Chile, y 3 de Itapetininga, Brasil. También se investigaron la aorta y la arteria coronaria derecha procedentes de las autopsias de un estudio multinacional dirigido por la Organización Mundial de la Salud, donde participaron 18 países de 4 continentes, se investigaron niños y jóvenes de edades entre 5 y 34 años, todos fallecidos por muerte violenta. Se presentaron los resultados de los estudios patomorfológicos y morfométricos, utilizando el sistema aterométrico . Se estudió el impacto de 3 factores de riesgo, hipertensión arterial, diabetes mellitus tipo 2 y tabaquismo en la producción de lesiones ateroscleróticas. Las conclusiones más relevantes fueron las siguientes: 1. Sí existen suficientes señales aterogénicas tempranas, como hipertensión arterial, obesidad, circunferencia de la cintura exagerada, el índice de masa corporal alterado, tabaquismo activo y pasivo, y los antecedentes patológicos familiares de padecer alguna enfermedad relacionada con la aterosclerosis. 2. Como elementos discriminatorios para la identificación de los niños y jóvenes en los distintos países las variables más relevantes fueron el peso corporal, la circunferencia de la cintura y los valores de tensión arterial sistólica y diastólica. 3. En los estudios de autopsia se pudo demostrar el incremento de áreas de íntima ocupada por lesiones ateroscleróticas con el progreso de la edad y el gran efecto que la hipertensión, la diabetes mellitus tipo 2 y el tabaquismo ejercen en el desarrollo de la aterosclerosis y la transformación de las estrías adiposas en placas fibrosas Abstract in english The results of 5 researches conducted among children and youth were presented to prove that there exists a series of early atherogenic signals since the first ages of life that are possible to detect and that once known oblige to take some medical and sociocultural measures that allow to prevent or [...] delay the development of atherosclerosis. Children and adolescents aged 5-6 from 6 schools of Havana City , 2 from Panama , 1 from Concepción , Chile , and 3 from Itapetininga , Brazil , were studied. The aorta and the right coronary artery from the autopsies of a multinational study directed by the World Health Organization were also investigated. 18 countries from 4 continents took part in this study, in which children and youth aged 5-34 were studied. All of them had had a violent death. The results of the pathomorphological and morphometric studies were presented by using the atherometric system. The impact of 3 risk factors, arterial hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and smoking on the production of atherosclerotic lesions, was studied. The most relevant conclusions were: 1. There are enough early atherogenic signals, such as arterial hypertension, obesity, exaggerated hip circumference, altered body mass index, active and passive smoking and the family pathological history of suffering from some disease related to atherosclerosis. 2. As discriminatory elements for the identification of children and youth in the different countries, the most significant variables were body weight, hip circumference and the values of systolic and diastolic arterial pressure. 3. In the autopsy studies, it was proved the increase of intima areas occupied by atherosclerotic lesions with the progress of age and the great effect that hypertension , type 2 diabetes mellitus and smoking exert on the development of atherosclerosis and the transformation of the adipose striae into fibrous plaques

  7. Coexistence of mixed phenotype Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Lewy body disease and argyrophilic grain disease plus histological features of possible Alzheimer's disease: a multi-protein disorder in an autopsy case.

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    Fernández-Vega, Iván; Ruiz-Ojeda, Javier; Juste, Ramon A; Geijo, Maria; Zarranz, Juan Jose; Sánchez Menoyo, Jose Luis; Vicente-Etxenausia, Ikerne; Mediavilla-García, Jennifer; Guerra-Merino, Isabel

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    We report hereby an autopsy case of sporadic mixed phenotype CJD without hereditary burden and a long-term clinical course. An 80-year old man was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment 27 months before death, caused by bronchopneumonia and severe respiratory impairment. During this time, the patient developed gradual mental deterioration, some sleeping problems and myoclonus. Other clinical manifestations were progressive gait problems, language deterioration, presence of primitive reflexes and irritability. In keeping with those symptoms, a rapidly evolving dementia was clinically suspected. Cerebrospinal fluid test for 14-3-3 protein was negative. However, an abnormal EEG and MRI at end-stage of disease were finally consistent with CJD. Post-mortem examination revealed a massive cortical neuronal loss with associated reactive astrocytosis, also evident in the white matter. Diffuse spongiform changes involving some basal ganglia, especially medial thalamus, some troncoencephalic nuclei, mainly inferior olivary nucleus and the molecular layer of the cerebellum were seen. Immunorreactive deposits for anti-prion protein antibody were present at different areas of the CNS. Additionally, Lewy bodies were observed at the brainstem and amygdala. Furthermore, argirophilic grains together with oligodendroglial coiled bodies and pre-tangle inclusions in the neurons from the limbic system containing hyperphosphorylated 4R tau were noted. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of CJD combined with Lewy body disease and argirophilic grain disease. Furthermore, we believe this case is an extremely rare combination of MM2-cortical-type and MM2-thalamic-type sporadic CJD (sCJD), which explains the broad spectrum of MM2-type sCJD findings and symptoms. Moreover, histological features of possible Alzheimer's disease were also reported. PMID:25186620

  8. Factores de riesgo y protectores en el suicidio: un estudio de casos y controles mediante la autopsia psicológica / Risk and protective factors in suicide: a case-control study using the psychological autopsy

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    José M., Antón-San-Martín; Eduardo, Sánchez-Guerrero; Lucía, Pérez-Costilla; Mª-Teresa, Labajos-Manzanares; Yolanda de, Diego-Otero; Nicolás, Benítez-Parejo; Raquel, Comino-Ballesteros; Emilio, Perea-Milla; Valentín, Ramos-Medina; Amalia, López-Calvo.

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    Full Text Available Las tasas, los métodos y algunos de los factores de riesgo en el suicidio parecen depender de las diferencias geográficas y culturales, lo que implica la elaboración de estudios en zonas específicas de alto riesgo cara a la implementación de estrategias preventivas. Este estudio busca determinar los [...] factores de riesgo y protectores en el suicidio en la Comarca de Antequera-Málaga (España). Se realiza en un estudio de caso y controles mediante la autopsia psicológica con 40 casos de suicidio y 80 controles poblacionales emparejados en género, edad y zona de residencia. El modelo multivariante hallado está compuesto por los siguientes factores: el presentar antecedentes familiares de suicidio y agregación de desordenes mentales en la familia, un diagnóstico de trastorno de la personalidad y conflictos familiares en el mes previo al suicidio. Estos factores permiten discriminar poblaciones de riesgo cara a la implementación de programas preventivos. Abstract in english Rates, methods and some of the risk factors of suicide seem to depend on geographical and cultural differences, which involve conducting research in specific high-risk areas facing the implementation of preventive strategies. This study seeks to determine the risk and protective factors of suicide i [...] n the region of Antequera-Málaga (Spain). Is performed on a case-control study using the psychological autopsy of 40 cases of suicide and 80 population controls matched on gender, age and area of residence. The multivariate model found is composed of the following factors: the antecedents of suicide and mental disorders aggregate in families, a diagnosis of personality disorder and family conflict in the month prior to suicide. These factors discriminate risk populations facing the implementation of preventive programs.

  9. Metallographic autopsies of full-scale ITER prototype cable-in-conduit conductors after full cyclic testing in SULTAN: II. Significant reduction of strand movement and strand damage in short twist pitch CICCs

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    Sanabria, Carlos; Lee, Peter J.; Starch, William; Devred, Arnaud; Larbalestier, David C.

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    Prototype cable-in-conduit-conductors (CICCs) destined for use in the toroidal field and central solenoid coils of the ITER experimental fusion reactor underwent severe cyclic loading in the SULTAN facility. Their autopsies revealed significant and permanent transverse strand migration due to the large Lorentz forces of the SULTAN test. The movement resulted in a 3%-7% void fraction increase on the low pressure (LP) side of the longer twist pitch CICCs. However, short twist pitch conductors exhibited less than 1% void fraction increase in the LP side, as well as a complete absence of the Nb3Sn filament fractures observed in the longer twist pitch conductors. We report here a detailed strand-to-cable analysis of short and longer ‘baseline’ twist pitch CICCs. It was found that the use of internal tin (IT) strands in the longer ‘baseline’ twist pitch CICCs can be beneficial possibly because of their superior stiffness—which better resist strand movement—while the use of bronze process strands showed more movement and poorer cyclic test performance. This was not the case for the short twist pitch CICC. Such conductor design seems to work well with both strand types. But it was found that despite the absence of filament fractures, the short twist pitch CICC made from the IT strands studied here developed severe strand distortion during cabling which resulted in diffusion barrier breaks and Sn contamination of the Cu stabilizer during the heat treatment. Conversely, the short twist pitch CICC made from bronze process strands preserved diffusion barrier integrity.

  10. Autometallographic silver enhancement of zinc sulfide crystals created in cryostat sections from human brain biopsies: a new technique that makes it feasible to demonstrate zinc ions in tissue sections from biopsies and early autopsy material

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    Danscher, Gorm; Juhl, S

    1997-01-01

    We present a new technique that allows zinc ions in synaptic and secretory vesicles of biopsy and early autopsy material (<2 hr post mortem) to be transformed to nanometer-sized zinc sulfide crystal lattices for subsequent autometallographic (AMG) development. Human brain biopsies, or other tissue samples containing zinc-enriched (ZEN) cells, are frozen in liquid nitrogen or by CO2 gas immediately after removal. The tissue blocks are cut in a cryostat and the sections placed on glass slides. The slides are transferred to an H2S exposure chamber placed in a -15 C freezer. After 1-24 hr of gas exposure the sections are removed from the chamber, fixed while thawing, and dehydrated. The sections are then exposed to an AMG developer. AMG causes silver enhancement of zinc sulfide crystal lattices created in the tissues through the H2S exposure, making them visible. It is imperative that the tissues are frozen instantaneously after removal, because loosely bound or free zinc ions start leaving their vesicular compartment soon after death. The AMG technique can, despite inadequate fixation and damage to the tissue caused by freezing, also be used to trace zinc ions at ultrastructural levels, and it is demonstrated that zinc ions in the human neocortex are located in synaptic vesicles. In the few human biopsies analyzed thus far, the light microscopic pattern created by the silver-enhanced ZEN terminals resembles that seen in the neocortex of rat brain. The technique has been applied to cryostat sections from neocortex biopsies of five individuals undergoing brain surgery. Biopsies from three patients resulted in satisfactory AMG-stained sections. Rat brains removed and frozen immediately after decapitation constituted the material on which the present technique was developed. Such material results in an almost uniform high quality of staining, and we found that unexposed sections can be stored for at least 5 months at -80 C without ensuing significant loss of AMG staining intensity.

  11. Autopsy and postmortem examination case study on genetic risk factors for cardiac death: Polymorphisms of endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene Glu298asp variant and T-786c mutation, human paraoxonas

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    Ameno Kiyoshi

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim. The Glu298Asp variant in exon 7 and T-786C mutation in the 5'-flanking region of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS gene, paraoxonase I gene (PON1, and ?2?- adrenergic receptor gene (?2?-AR have been reported to be genetic risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of these four genetic polymorphisms on the probability of death due to CHD, using data obtained from medico-legal autopsies. Methods. Blood samples from three groups: healthy controls, dead cases with CHD and without CHD (the latter as a control for dead cases were used. After DNA extraction, genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction ? restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP test. Results. The frequency of the T allele in Glu298Asp variant in the dead cases with CHD was significantly higher than that in the healthy control (p < 0.001, OR = 4.47 and that in the dead cases without CHD (p < 0.001, OR = 7.62. The gene frequency of PON1 was significantly different (p = 0.007 between dead cases with and without CHD, and was also significantly different (p = 0.025 between the healthy control and dead cases without CHD. The gene frequency of PON1 was not significantly different (p = 0.401 between the healthy controls and dead cases with CHD. Hence this gene was not associated with death due to CHD. The other polymorphisms (T- 786C mutation, ?2?-AR also showed no effect on death due to CHD. Conclusion. The polymorphism of Glu298Asp eNOS gene in dead cases may be useful for determining the cause of death in CHD cases in the Japanese population.

  12. BASES RELIGIOSAS PARA LA REALIZACIÓN DE AUTOPSIAS EN EL JUDAISMO Y EN EL ISLAM / RELIGIOUS GROUNDS IN JUDAISM AND ISLAM FOR PERFORMING AUTOPSIES / BASES RELIGIOSAS PARA A REALIZAÇÃO DE AUTÓPSIAS NO JUDAÍSMO E NO ISLAMISMO

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    Diego Giovanni, Castellanos.

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    Full Text Available O texto estuda o desafio que a realização de exames post mortem implica para as crenças religiosas no que se refere ao tratamento que se deve dar ao corpo humano. Toma-se como exemplo o debate que esse tipo de práticas médicas provoca dentro do judaísmo e do islamismo. Para isso, explica-se a maneir [...] a na qual é considerada a prática médica dentro da lei religiosa, Halakha no judaísmo e Sharia no islamismo, assim como as disposições desta a respeito da morte e dos rituais funerários. Em seguida, analisam-se os esforços de ambas as religiões para integrar os aspectos positivos da realização de autópsias, ainda que limitando seu uso e extensão a circunstâncias particulares. Pretende-se mostrar que as religiões constituem sistemas dinâmicos adaptáveis diante das mudanças das sociedades contemporâneas. Abstract in spanish El texto estudia el desafío que la realización de exámenes post mórtem implica para las creencias religiosas en lo relativo al trato que debe darse al cuerpo humano. Se toma como ejemplo el debate que este tipo de prácticas médicas ha suscitado dentro del judaísmo y el islam. Para esto se explica la [...] manera en la que es considerada la práctica médica dentro de la ley religiosa, Halakha en el judaísmo y Sharia en el islam; así como las disposiciones de esta respecto a la muerte y los rituales funerarios. A continuación se analizan los esfuerzos de ambas religiones por integrar los aspectos positivos de la realización de autopsias, si bien limitando su uso y extensión a circunstancias particulares. Se pretende mostrar que en la ética médica se deberían considerar aspectos tales como los valores religiosos de los pacientes. También se busca mostrar que las religiones constituyen sistemas dinámicos adaptables frente a los cambios de las sociedades contemporáneas. Abstract in english This article examines the challenge post mortem examinations imply for religious beliefs with respect to how the human body should be treated. The debate practices of this type have sparked among believers of both faiths is used as an example to show how the role of medicine is regarded in Jewish an [...] d Islamic law (Halakhah and Sharia) and the respective provisions concerning death and burial rituals. The efforts of both religions to integrate the positive aspects of autopsies, while limiting their use and extension to certain specific circumstances, are analyzed as well. In doing so, the objective is to demonstrate that medical ethics should take into account issues such as the patient's religious beliefs. The authors also attempt to show that religions are dynamic systems capable of adapting to the changes in contemporary societies.

  13. Identificação de agentes infecciosos pulmonares em autópsias de pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida Identification of infectious agents in the lungs in autopsies of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Sanivia Aparecida de Lima Pereira

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    Full Text Available As afecções pulmonares são freqüentes em indivíduos infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana. Neste trabalho, procurou-se identificar através de histoquímica e imunohistoquímica, agentes infecciosos nos pulmões de indivíduos portadores da síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (SIDA, autopsiados entre março de 1990 e julho de 2000 na FMTM. Fragmentos de pulmão de 40 indivíduos com SIDA autopsiados foram analisados histologicamente. Foram identificados agentes infecciosos em 34 (85% casos dos 40 analisados, sendo que bactérias foram encontradas em 22 (55% casos. Entre os agentes fúngicos o Pneumocystis carinii foi encontrado em oito (19,1% casos; Cryptococcus sp em quatro (9,5%, Histoplasma sp em dois (4,8% e Candida sp em um (2,4% caso. Detectou-se também associação entre Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus e Cryptococcus sp; CMV e Toxoplasma gondii. Em cinco casos, Candida sp, CMV e Pneumocystis carinii estiveram associados a bactérias. Entre as infecções não bacterianas, os fungos foram os agentes infecciosos mais isolados dos pulmões em autópsias de indivíduos com SIDA, sendo o Pneumocystis carinii o mais freqüente.Lung diseases are frequently observed in individuals infected with HIV. The aim of this study was to identify infectious agents in the lungs in the autopsied individuals with AIDS performed between march 1990 and july 2000 at the school of medicine (Uberaba- Brazil, using histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. Analysis was made on lungs obtained from 40 individuals with AIDS. Infectious agents were observed in 34 (85% cases of the 40 analyzed. Regarding fungis, Pneumocystis carinii was found in 8 (19.1%cases; Cryptococcus sp in 4 (9.5%cases, Histoplasma sp in 2 (4.8%cases and Candida sp in 1 (2.4%case. Association of Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus and Cryptococcus sp, was observed in one case, and in another, the association of CMV, and Toxoplasma gondii. There were 5 cases with Candida sp, CMV and Pneumocystis carinii associated with bacteria. In conclusion, this study shows that following bacterial agents fungi were the second most common infectious agents in post mortem examination of the lungs from patients with AIDS, being Pneumocystis carinii the most prevalent.

  14. Relationship between the morphologic alterations of vocal cords from adult autopsies and the cause of death Avaliação morfológica da membrana basal das cordas vocais de adultos autopsiados e sua correlação com as causas de óbito

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    Ana Karina Marques Salge

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the possible alteration in the thickness of the epithelium basal membrane of the vocal cords and correlate it with the cause of death. METHOD: Larynxes collected from adult autopsies during the period of 1993 to 2001 were utilized. We used the hematoxylin-eosin and periodic acid-Schiff staining methods for the morphological and morphometric analysis. RESULTS: Sixty-six vocal cords were analysed; increased thickness was identified in 14 cases (21.2%, with equal proportions between the genders. Increased vocal-cord thickness was more frequent in patients of the white ethnicity (12 cases, 85.7%. Respiratory alterations were found in 10 (71.4% of the cases with increased vocal-cord thickness. Of the patients that were maintained with mechanical ventilation before death, 7 (18.4% had thickening of the basal membrane. Among the smokers, 9 (19.63% had basal membrane thickening. CONCLUSION: No statistically significant differences were found between the cases in which the cause of death was related to respiratory diseases as compared to non-respiratory diseases and the thickening of the basal membrane of the vocal cords. However, new studies are needed in order to verify the etiopathogenesis of this thickening.OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar as possíveis alterações na espessura da membrana basal das cordas vocais e relacionar estas com a causa de morte. MÉTODO: Foram utilizadas laringes coletadas de adultos autopsiados, no período de 1993 até 2001. Realizamos as colorações da Hematoxilina- Eosina e Ácido Periódico de Schiff, onde foi medido o diâmetro da membrana basal. RESULTADOS: Foram analisadas 66 cordas vocais, o espessamento foi identificado em 14 casos (21,2%, sendo encontrado em proporções iguais entre os sexos, sendo freqüente em pacientes da cor branca (12 casos, 85,7%. Foram encontradas alterações respiratórias em 10 (71,4% dos casos com espessamento. Entre os pacientes intubados, 7 (18,4% apresentaram espessamento. Entre os fumantes 9 (19,63% apresentavam espessamento. Não houve influência estatisticamente significativa do espessamento na doença que levou o indivíduo à morte. CONCLUSÃO: Em relação a causa de morte não há diferença estatisticamente significante entre os casos cuja causa de morte foi por doenças respiratórias ou por doenças não respiratórias e o diagnóstico de espessamento da membrana basal das cordas vocais. Sua etiopatogênese necessita de maiores estudos.

  15. Renal involvement in human rabies: clinical manifestations and autopsy findings of nine cases from northeast of Brazil Envolvimento renal na raiva em humanos: manifestações clínicas e achados de autópsia de nove casos do nordeste do Brasil

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    Full Text Available A retrospective study was conducted in nine patients with rabies admitted to a hospital of Fortaleza, Brazil. Autopsy was performed in all cases. The ages ranged from three to 81 years and six were males. They all were bitten by dogs. The time between the accident and the hospital admission ranged from 20 to 120 days (mean 45 ± 34 days. The time until death ranged from one to nine days (mean 3.3 ± 5.5 days. The signs and symptoms presented were fever, hydrophobia, aerophobia, agitation, disorientation, dyspnea, sialorrhea, vomiting, oliguria, sore throat, pain and hypoesthesia in the site of the bite, headache, syncope, cough, hematemesis, mydriasis, hematuria, constipation, cervical pain and priapism. In three out of six patients, there was evidence of acute renal failure, defined as serum creatinine > 1.4 mg/dL. The post-mortem findings in the kidneys were mild to moderate glomerular congestion and mild to intense peritubular capillary congestion. Acute tubular necrosis was seen in only two cases. This study shows some evidence of renal involvement in rabies. Histopathologic findings are nonspecific, so hemodynamic instability, caused by autonomic dysfunction, hydrophobia and dehydration must be responsible for acute renal failure in rabies.Foi realizado estudo retrospectivo de nove casos de raiva internados em um hospital de Fortaleza, Brasil. Autópsia foi realizada em todos os casos. As idades variaram de 3 a 81 anos. Todos foram agredidos por cães. O tempo entre o acidente e a admissão hospitalar variou de 20 a 120 dias (média de 45 ± 34 dias. O tempo de internamento variou de 1 a 9 dias (média de 5.5 ± 3.1 dias. Os sinais e sintomas observados foram febre, hidrofobia, aerofobia, agitação, desorientação, dispnéia, sialorréia, vômitos, oligúria, faringite, dor e hipoestesia no local da mordida, cefaléia, síncope, tosse, hematêmese, midríase, hematúria, constipação, dor cervical e priapismo. Em três de seis pacientes (50% foi encontrada evidência de insuficiência renal aguda, definida como creatinina > 1.4 mg/dL. Os achados de autópsia do tecido renal foram congestão glomerular leve a moderada e congestão capilar peritubular leve a intensa. Necrose tubular aguda foi encontrada em dois casos. Estes achados são inespecíficos, de modo que a instabilidade hemodinâmica, causada por disfunção autonômica, hidrofobia e desidratação podem ser considerados como responsáveis pela insuficiência renal aguda na raiva.

  16. Use of verbal autopsy in a national health information system: Effects of the investigation of ill-defined causes of death on proportional mortality due to injury in small municipalities in Brazil

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    Souza Maria de Fátima M

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Mortality Information System (MIS in Brazil records mortality data in hospitals and civil registries with the responsibility of compiling underlying cause of death. Despite continuous improvements in the MIS, some areas still maintain a high proportion of deaths assigned to ill-defined causes. Deaths coded to this category have most likely been considered as miscoded deaths from communicable and noncommunicable diseases. However, some local studies have provided evidence of underreporting of injury in Brazil. The aim of this study was to investigate ill-defined causes of death using the verbal autopsy (VA method to estimate injury-specific mortality fraction in small municipalities in northeastern Minas Gerais, Brazil. Methods A sample size of reported death certificates with ill-defined conditions in a random sample of 10 municipalities was obtained, and then trained interviewers questioned family members using a standardized VA questionnaire to elicit information on symptoms experienced by the deceased before death. All attempts were made to collect existing information about the disease or death using health facilities records. Probable causes of death were assigned by a physician after review of the completed questionnaires following rules of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10. Results Of 202 eligible ill-defined deaths, 151 were investigated using the VA methodology, and 12.6% had injury as the underlying cause of death. The proportional mortality fraction from injury among all causes of death increases from 4.4% to 8.2% after investigation. Different specific injury category causes were observed between recorded injury causes and those detected by VA. Drowning was the top specific injury cause detected after investigation. Conclusions This study provides evidence that the use of VA in the investigation of registered ill-defined conditions in an existing MIS can furnish information on the relevance of injury as a priority health problem in small municipalities of Minas Gerais. Local research with VA should be brought to the attention of regional health policymakers to improve the quality of data for their planning.

  17. The Greek Debt Restructuring: An Autopsy

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    Zettelmeyer, Jeromin; Trebesch, Christoph; Gulati, Mitu

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    The Greek debt restructuring of 2012 stands out in the history of sovereign defaults. It achieved very large debt relief ? over 50 per cent of 2012 GDP ? with minimal financial disruption, using a combination of new legal techniques, exceptionally large cash incentives, and official sector pressure on key creditors. But it did so at a cost. The timing and design of the restructuring left money on the table from the perspective of Greece, created a large risk for European taxpayers, and set pr...

  18. 77 FR 38179 - Autopsies at VA Expense

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    2012-06-27

    ...environmental, public health and safety effects...environment, public health or safety, or State...final rule will not cause a significant economic impact on health care providers, suppliers...records; Homeless; Mental health...

  19. 76 FR 75509 - Autopsies at VA Expense

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    2011-12-02

    ...601-612. This proposed rule would not cause a significant economic impact on health care providers, suppliers, or entities...Health facilities; Health professions; Health records; Homeless; Mental health programs; Nursing homes;...

  20. Anthrax Meningitis - Report Of An Autopsied Case

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    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Anthrax is a rare cause of hemorrhagic meningitis in man. This report illustrates the characteristic hemorrhagic manifestations in the brain of a patient dying of anthrax meningitis secondary to overwhelming bacteremia. Gross examination of the brain revealed a thick dense subarachnoid hemorrhage with numerous petechial hemorrhages in the cortex. Histologically, meningoencephalitis with vascular necrosis, edema, perivascular cortical hemorrhages and clumps of Gram positive bacilli in the vascular lumen and invading vessel wall were the salient features. The anthrax bacillus was isolated from CSF and brain tissue and further its pathogenecity was confirmed by animal inoculation.

  1. Peso dos ventrículos cardíacos determinado em necropsia de indivíduos saudáveis mortos por causas externas Cardiac ventricular weights recorded at the autopsy of healthy subjects who died of external causes

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    Sérgio Lamêgo Rodrigues

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar o peso dos ventrículos cardíacos em necropsia de indivíduos sadios vítimas de morte acidental, visando determinar padrões de normalidade em nossa população. MÉTODOS: Foram examinados 94 corações no Instituto Médico Legal de Vitória. Após remoção do coração e ressecção dos átrios e gordura epicárdica, os ventrículos direito (VD e esquerdo (VE, incluindo o septo, foram separados e pesados e a massa indexada pela altura. O teste de Kolmogorov-Smirnov foi usado para testar normalidade da distribuição. Os dados são apresentados como média ± desvio padrão. RESULTADOS: Após 12 exclusões (doença cardiovascular possível detectada após a morte foram analisados 82 corações (52 homens e 30 mulheres, 16-68 anos, média 31±12 anos. O peso do VE foi de 181±25 g e 125±15 g, do VD foi de 54±7 g e 38±6 g e a massa de VE indexada pela altura foi de 105±14 g/m e 78±8 g/m para homens e mulheres, respectivamente. O P95 do peso do VE foi de 218 g e 128 g/m em homens e 148 g e 88 g/m em mulheres. Não detectamos correlação significante entre a massa ventricular e idade. CONCLUSÃO: O peso do ventrículo esquerdo do coração dos homens da nossa amostra foi superior aos relatados na literatura contemporânea. Nossos resultados sugerem que a presença de hipertrofia de VE pode ser inferida em presença de massa de VE superior a 218 g ou 128 g/m nos homens e 148 g ou 88 g/m nas mulheres.OBJECTIVE:To establish cardiac ventricular weights recorded during the autopsy of healthy individuals who died of external causes, aiming at determining normality patterns in our population. METHODS:A total of 94 hearts were evaluated at the Forensics Department of the city of Vitória, Espírito Santo. After the heart removal and resection of the atria and epicardial fat, the right ventricle (RV and the left ventricle (LV, including the septum, were separated and weighed and the mass was indexed by the height. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used to test the normality of the distribution. Data are presented as means± SD. RESULTS:After the exclusion of 12 hearts (possible cardiovascular disease detected post-mortem 82 hearts were examined (52 males and 30 females, aged 16-68 yrs, 31±12 yrs. The weight of the LV was 181±25 g and 125±15 g, and the weight of the RV was 54±7 g and 38±6 g; the LV mass indexed by height was 105±14 g/m and 78±8 g/m, for males and females, respectively. The P95 of the LV weight was 218 g and 128 g/m in males and 148 g and 88 g/m in females. No significant correlation between ventricular mass and age was observed. CONCLUSION:The weight of the LV in the males from our sample was higher than that reported in the contemporary literature. Our results suggest that the presence of LV hypertrophy can be inferred in the presence of LV mass > 218 g or 128 g/m in males and 148 g or 88 g/m in females.

  2. Peso dos ventrículos cardíacos determinado em necropsia de indivíduos saudáveis mortos por causas externas / Cardiac ventricular weights recorded at the autopsy of healthy subjects who died of external causes

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    Sérgio Lamêgo, Rodrigues; Enildo Broetto, Pimentel; José Geraldo, Mill.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar o peso dos ventrículos cardíacos em necropsia de indivíduos sadios vítimas de morte acidental, visando determinar padrões de normalidade em nossa população. MÉTODOS: Foram examinados 94 corações no Instituto Médico Legal de Vitória. Após remoção do coração e ressecção dos átrios [...] e gordura epicárdica, os ventrículos direito (VD) e esquerdo (VE), incluindo o septo, foram separados e pesados e a massa indexada pela altura. O teste de Kolmogorov-Smirnov foi usado para testar normalidade da distribuição. Os dados são apresentados como média ± desvio padrão. RESULTADOS: Após 12 exclusões (doença cardiovascular possível detectada após a morte) foram analisados 82 corações (52 homens e 30 mulheres, 16-68 anos, média 31±12 anos). O peso do VE foi de 181±25 g e 125±15 g, do VD foi de 54±7 g e 38±6 g e a massa de VE indexada pela altura foi de 105±14 g/m e 78±8 g/m para homens e mulheres, respectivamente. O P95 do peso do VE foi de 218 g e 128 g/m em homens e 148 g e 88 g/m em mulheres. Não detectamos correlação significante entre a massa ventricular e idade. CONCLUSÃO: O peso do ventrículo esquerdo do coração dos homens da nossa amostra foi superior aos relatados na literatura contemporânea. Nossos resultados sugerem que a presença de hipertrofia de VE pode ser inferida em presença de massa de VE superior a 218 g ou 128 g/m nos homens e 148 g ou 88 g/m nas mulheres. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE:To establish cardiac ventricular weights recorded during the autopsy of healthy individuals who died of external causes, aiming at determining normality patterns in our population. METHODS:A total of 94 hearts were evaluated at the Forensics Department of the city of Vitória, Espírito Sant [...] o. After the heart removal and resection of the atria and epicardial fat, the right ventricle (RV) and the left ventricle (LV), including the septum, were separated and weighed and the mass was indexed by the height. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used to test the normality of the distribution. Data are presented as means± SD. RESULTS:After the exclusion of 12 hearts (possible cardiovascular disease detected post-mortem) 82 hearts were examined (52 males and 30 females, aged 16-68 yrs, 31±12 yrs). The weight of the LV was 181±25 g and 125±15 g, and the weight of the RV was 54±7 g and 38±6 g; the LV mass indexed by height was 105±14 g/m and 78±8 g/m, for males and females, respectively. The P95 of the LV weight was 218 g and 128 g/m in males and 148 g and 88 g/m in females. No significant correlation between ventricular mass and age was observed. CONCLUSION:The weight of the LV in the males from our sample was higher than that reported in the contemporary literature. Our results suggest that the presence of LV hypertrophy can be inferred in the presence of LV mass > 218 g or 128 g/m in males and 148 g or 88 g/m in females.

  3. Retratos de autópsias Psicossociais sobre suicídio de idosos em Teresina / Portraits of Psychosocial autopsies about suicides of elderly people in Teresina / Retratos de autopsias Psicosociales sobre suicidio de ancianos en Teresina

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    Selena Mesquita Teixeira, Sérvio; Ana Célia Sousa, Cavalcante.

    Full Text Available O desígnio da presente pesquisa consiste em analisar os fatores psicossociais que perpassaram o suicídio de idosos em Teresina, por meio de uma investigação retrospectiva dos aspectos da vida do suicida antes do autoextermínio e da reconstituição dos fatores de risco para o suicídio. Trata-se de uma [...] pesquisa de natureza qualitativa, descritiva e exploratória. Foram construídas autópsias psicossociais de cinco casos de suicídios de idosos ocorridos no período de 2004 a 2009. Esse método reúne três tipos de informação: ficha de identificação pessoal e social, genograma e entrevista semi-estruturada. A coleta foi viabilizada pelo relato de cinco sujeitos, familiares e parentes próximos ao idoso. O material obtido passou por três etapas: pré-análise, análise qualitativa e síntese analítica. Desse modo, os principais fatores de risco associados ao suicídio desses idosos foram: depressão, transtornos mentais graves, estigma referente ao envelhecimento, alcoolismo, automutilações, impulsividade, relações afetivas fragilizadas e história de vida marcada por eventos trágicos. Abstract in spanish El designio de la presente investigación consiste en analizar los factores psicosociales que recorrieron el suicidio de ancianos en Teresina, por medio de una investigación retrospectiva de los aspectos de la vida del suicida antes del auto exterminio y de la reconstitución de los factores de riesgo [...] para el suicidio. Se trata de una investigación de naturaleza cualitativa, descriptiva y exploratoria. Fueron construidas autopsias psicosociales de cinco casos de suicidios de ancianos ocurridos en el período de 2004 a 2009. Ese método reúne tres tipos de información: ficha de identificación personal y social, genograma y entrevista semiestructurada. La recolección fue viabilizada por el relato de cinco sujetos, familiares y parientes próximos al anciano. El material obtenido pasó por tres etapas: pre-análisis, análisis cualitativo y síntesis analítica. De ese modo, los principales factores de riesgo asociados al suicidio de esos ancianos fueron: depresión, trastornos mentales graves, estigma referente al envejecimiento, alcoholismo, automutilaciones, impulsividad, relaciones afectivas fragilizadas e historia de vida marcada por eventos trágicos. Abstract in english The purpose of this research is to examine the psychosocial factors that have permeated the suicide of elderly people in Teresina, through a retrospective investigation of aspects of his/her life before self-extermination and the reconstitution of the risk factors for suicide. This is a qualitative [...] descriptive and exploratory research. Psychosocial autopsies of five cases of elderly suicides that had occurred in the period of 2004-2009 were made. This method combines three types of information: personal identification card, social genogram and semi-structured interview. The collection was made possible by the report of five individuals, family, and relatives who were close to the elderly. The material obtained has undergone three stages: pre-analysis, qualitative analysis and analytical synthesis. Thus, the main risk factors associated with the suicide of these seniors were depression, severe mental illness, stigma related to aging, alcoholism, selfmutilation, impulsivity, fragile affective relationships and life history marked by tragic events.

  4. Hallazgos neuropatológicos de la infección por VIH-SIDA: estudio de autopsias en el Hospital Universitario de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia / Neuropathologic features of the infection HIV-AIDS: study autopsy in the Hospital Universitario de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia

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    Julio César, Mantilla; Nelson, Cárdenas.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir las alteraciones macro y microscópicas observadas en el sistema nervioso central (SNC) de pacientes que fallecieron por la infección con VIH-SIDA. Metodología: Estudio retrospectivo de autopsias del 1 de enero de 2004 al 31 de diciembre de 2007 en un hospital público de tercer ni [...] vel en la ciudad de Bucaramanga, Santander. Resultados: El hallazgo neuropatológico más común en pacientes que fallecieron por la infección VIH-SIDA fue toxoplasmosis cerebral, 17 casos (28.3%) luego criptococosis cerebral, 7 casos (11.6%), tuberculosis del SNC, 3 casos (5%), encefalopatía por HIV, 2 casos (3.3%), meningitis piógena, un caso (1.6%) y hallazgos inespecíficos,2 casos (3.3%). No hubo lesiones neoplásicas, infecciones por citomegalovirus, herpes, histoplasmosis ni leucoencefalopatía multifocal progresiva (LMP) en ninguno de los casos. En el presente estudio se encontraron cambios en el SNC en 32 casos (53.1%), que, después del respiratorio (39-65%), fue el sistema más afectado por las complicaciones relacionadas con la enfermedad por VIH. La presencia de lesión directa (encefalitis por HIV) y al mismo tiempo infección oportunista se encontró sólo en un caso (1.6%). Conclusiones: En Bucaramanga las infecciones oportunistas fueron las complicaciones más frecuentes y graves a nivel del SNC en los enfermos con VIH-SIDA, de ellas la toxoplasmosis cerebral fue la que más comprometió el SNC de los pacientes con infección con VIH-SIDA, y se expresó morfológicamente como una meningoencefalitis necrosante, ubicada de manera preferencial en la región de los ganglios basales. Abstract in english Objective: To describe the macroscopic and microscopic alterations observed in the central nervous system (CNS) in patients who died through HIV-AIDS infection. Method used: Retrospective study of autopsies from January 1st 2004 to December 31st 2007 in a third-level public hospital at Bucaramanga, [...] Santander. Results: The most common neuro-pathological findings in patients who died through HIV-AIDS infection were cerebral toxoplasmosis, 17 cases (28.3%); followed by cerebral cryptococcosis, 7 cases (11.6%); CNS tuberculosis, 3 cases (5%); HIV encephalitis, 2 cases (3.3%); and bacterial meningitis, 1 case (1.6%). Neoplasm lesions, CMV infection, herpes infection, histoplasmosis, and progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy (PML) were not found in any case. In this study, changes were seen in the CNS in 32 cases (53.1%), which after the respiratory system (39-65%) was the most affected system for complications related to HIV infection. HIV-induced encephalopathy simultaneously with an opportunistic infection was only found in 1 case (1.6 %). Conclusion: In Bucaramanga, opportunistic infections are the most frequent and serious complications in the CNS of individuals with HIV-AIDS; among them cerebral toxoplasmosis was the most frequently observed complication in the CNS of patients with HIV-AIDS, appearing morphologically as a meningoencephalitis with necrosis and large lesions localized in the gangliobasal region.

  5. Sample registration of vital events with verbal autopsy: a renewed commitment to measuring and monitoring vital statistics / Enregistrement par sondage des faits d'état civil ayant donné lieu à une autopsie verbale: nouvelle mobilisation en faveur du recensement et du suivi des statistiques d'état civil / Registro por muestreo de acontecimientos vitales mediante autopsias verbales: un compromiso renovado en la medición y vigilancia de las estadísticas vitales

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    Philip W., Setel; Osman, Sankoh; Chalapati, Rao; Victoria A., Velkoff; Colin, Mathers; Yang, Gonghuan; Yusuf, Hemed; Prabhat, Jha; Alan D., Lopez.

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available El registro de los nacimientos, el registro de las defunciones por edad, sexo y causas y el cálculo de los niveles y diferenciales de mortalidad son fundamentales para articular políticas sanitarias basadas en la evidencia y para llevar a cabo el seguimiento y evaluación. No obstante, pocos de los p [...] aíses que más necesidad tienen de esos datos disponen de sistemas operativos para producirlos, aunque la legislación prevea el establecimiento y mantenimiento de sistemas de registro civil. Los sistemas de registro de estadísticas vitales por muestreo (REVM), si se combinan con procedimientos de autopsia verbal validados y aplicados en una muestra de conglomerados de población nacionalmente representativa, representan una solución asequible, costoeficaz y sostenible a corto y medio plazo para ese problema. Los REVM complementan otras fuentes de información generando datos de mortalidad por edad, sexo y causas que son más completos y continuos que los datos actualmente disponibles. Los instrumentos y métodos empleados en los sistemas REVM, sin embargo, son imperfectos y exigen mecanismos rigurosos de validación y una continua garantía de la calidad; también se están perfeccionando todavía las estrategias de muestreo para los REVM. Así y todo, el interés por establecer REVM está aumentando rápidamente enÁfrica y Asia. Unos sistemas mejorados de notificación y registro de los datos sobre acontecimientos vitales sólo serán sostenibles si se desarrollan en estrecha conexión con las estrategias de información sanitaria aplicadas en los niveles nacional y distrital, las estructuras de gobernanza, y las agendas de las investigaciones sociales y la vigilancia del desarrollo. Si la comunidad mundial desea disponer de mediciones de la mortalidad dentro de 5 o 10 años, hay que sentar ya las bases de los sistemas REVM. Abstract in english Registration of births, recording deaths by age, sex and cause, and calculating mortality levels and differentials are fundamental to evidence-based health policy, monitoring and evaluation. Yet few of the countries with the greatest need for these data have functioning systems to produce them despi [...] te legislation providing for the establishment and maintenance of vital registration. Sample vital registration (SVR), when applied in conjunction with validated verbal autopsy procedures and implemented in a nationally representative sample of population clusters represents an affordable, cost-effective, and sustainable short- and medium-term solution to this problem. SVR complements other information sources by producing age-, sex-, and cause-specific mortality data that are more complete and continuous than those currently available. The tools and methods employed in an SVR system, however, are imperfect and require rigorous validation and continuous quality assurance; sampling strategies for SVR are also still evolving. Nonetheless, interest in establishing SVR is rapidly growing in Africa and Asia. Better systems for reporting and recording data on vital events will be sustainable only if developed hand-in-hand with existing health information strategies at the national and district levels; governance structures; and agendas for social research and development monitoring. If the global community wishes to have mortality measurements 5 or 10 years hence, the foundation stones of SVR must be laid today.

  6. Caracterizacion de las Ramas del Arco Aórtico en una Muestra de Poblacion Colombiana: Un Estudio con Material de Autopsia Characterization of Aortic Arch Branches in a Colombian Population Sample: A Study with Autopsy Material

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    Néstor Eduardo Herrera Ortiz

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available La variabilidad del arco aórtico y sus ramas emergentes presentan implicaciones en los abordajes quirúrgicos de tórax y cuello, y posiblemente en el desarrollo de procesos ateromatosos ubicados a ese nivel y accidentes cerebrovasculares. Se evaluaron 122 arcos aórticos de individuos adultos de ambos sexos obtenidos como material de autopsia. Se identificó la configuración general de la emergencia de las ramas colaterales de los arcos y se determinó la morfometría de sus componentes con medición electrónica. Se observó la presencia de la configuración usual (tipo A en 87 arcos (71,3%; un tronco braqui-bicarotideo (tipo B en 21 piezas anatómicas (17,2% y en 10 casos (8,2% la arteria vertebral izquierda se originó directamente del arco aórtico (tipo C; en 4 especímenes (3,3% se presentó emergencia atípica de las ramas. El calibre de la aorta en el punto previo a la emergencia de sus ramas y justo después de emitir su última colateral fue de 20,1mm (DE 3,19 y 17,2mm (DE 2,57 respectivamente, con una disminución del 14,5%. El calibre de las arterias sublavias (7,7mm, DE 1,10 fue significativamente mayor (P=0,0001 que el de las arterias carótidas (6,4mm, DE 0,78. El diámetro de las arterias carótidas derecha e izquierda fue de 6,5mm (DE 0,81 y 6,3mm (DE 0,75 respectivamente. La arteria subclavia derecha presentó mayor calibre que la izquierda (7,9mm, DE 1,09; 7,6mm, DE 1,12 sin diferencia estadisticamente significativa (P=0,0801. La distancia entre el origen del tronco braquiocefálico y el de la subclavia izquierda fue de 32,8mm (DE 6,16 y la longitud del tronco braquiocefálico fue 30,2mm±5,27. Se destaca la alta frecuencia de arcos con emergencia de dos y cuatro ramas. Los calibres de las ramas son menores a lo reportado en la literatura.The variability of the aortic arch and its emergent branches have implications in the surgical approaches of the thorax and neck, and possibly in the development of the atheromatous processes located at that level and the cerebrovascular accidents. We evaluated 122 aortic arches from adult individuals of both sexes obtained as autopsy material. We identified the general configuration of the emergence of the collateral branches of the arcs and determined the morphometry of its components with electronic measurement. We observed the usual configuration (type A in 87 arches (71.3%; a brachio-bicarotid trunk (type B in 21 anatomical specimens (17.2% and in 10 cases (8.2% the left vertebral artery originated directly from the aortic arch (type C; 4 specimens (3.3% presented atypical emergency in the branches. The caliber of the aorta at the point prior to the emergence of its branches and just after casting his last side was 20.1mm (DS 3.19 and 17.2mm (DS 2.57 respectively, with a decrease of 14.5%. The caliber of the subclavian arteries (7.7mm, SD 1.1 was significantly higher (P=0.0001 than of the carotid arteries (64mm, SD 0.78. The diameter of the carotid arteries both right and left were 6.5mm (DS 0.81 and 6.3mm (DS 0.75 respectively. The right subclavian artery presented higher caliber than the left (7.9mm, DS 1.09; 7.6mm, DS 1.12 without significant statistical difference (P=0.0801. The difference between the origin of the brachiocephalic trunk and the left subclavian artery was 32.8 (DS 6.16; the brachiocephalic trunk length was 30.2mm ± 5.27. It highlights the high frequency of arches with emergency of two and four branches. The calibers of the branches are smaller than those reported in the literature.

  7. Caracterizacion de las Ramas del Arco Aórtico en una Muestra de Poblacion Colombiana: Un Estudio con Material de Autopsia / Characterization of Aortic Arch Branches in a Colombian Population Sample: A Study with Autopsy Material

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    Néstor Eduardo, Herrera Ortiz; Luis Ernesto, Ballesteros Acuña; Pedro Luis, Forero Porras.

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    Full Text Available La variabilidad del arco aórtico y sus ramas emergentes presentan implicaciones en los abordajes quirúrgicos de tórax y cuello, y posiblemente en el desarrollo de procesos ateromatosos ubicados a ese nivel y accidentes cerebrovasculares. Se evaluaron 122 arcos aórticos de individuos adultos de ambos [...] sexos obtenidos como material de autopsia. Se identificó la configuración general de la emergencia de las ramas colaterales de los arcos y se determinó la morfometría de sus componentes con medición electrónica. Se observó la presencia de la configuración usual (tipo A) en 87 arcos (71,3%); un tronco braqui-bicarotideo (tipo B) en 21 piezas anatómicas (17,2%) y en 10 casos (8,2%) la arteria vertebral izquierda se originó directamente del arco aórtico (tipo C); en 4 especímenes (3,3%) se presentó emergencia atípica de las ramas. El calibre de la aorta en el punto previo a la emergencia de sus ramas y justo después de emitir su última colateral fue de 20,1mm (DE 3,19) y 17,2mm (DE 2,57) respectivamente, con una disminución del 14,5%. El calibre de las arterias sublavias (7,7mm, DE 1,10) fue significativamente mayor (P=0,0001) que el de las arterias carótidas (6,4mm, DE 0,78). El diámetro de las arterias carótidas derecha e izquierda fue de 6,5mm (DE 0,81) y 6,3mm (DE 0,75) respectivamente. La arteria subclavia derecha presentó mayor calibre que la izquierda (7,9mm, DE 1,09; 7,6mm, DE 1,12) sin diferencia estadisticamente significativa (P=0,0801). La distancia entre el origen del tronco braquiocefálico y el de la subclavia izquierda fue de 32,8mm (DE 6,16) y la longitud del tronco braquiocefálico fue 30,2mm±5,27. Se destaca la alta frecuencia de arcos con emergencia de dos y cuatro ramas. Los calibres de las ramas son menores a lo reportado en la literatura. Abstract in english The variability of the aortic arch and its emergent branches have implications in the surgical approaches of the thorax and neck, and possibly in the development of the atheromatous processes located at that level and the cerebrovascular accidents. We evaluated 122 aortic arches from adult individua [...] ls of both sexes obtained as autopsy material. We identified the general configuration of the emergence of the collateral branches of the arcs and determined the morphometry of its components with electronic measurement. We observed the usual configuration (type A) in 87 arches (71.3%); a brachio-bicarotid trunk (type B) in 21 anatomical specimens (17.2%) and in 10 cases (8.2%) the left vertebral artery originated directly from the aortic arch (type C); 4 specimens (3.3%) presented atypical emergency in the branches. The caliber of the aorta at the point prior to the emergence of its branches and just after casting his last side was 20.1mm (DS 3.19) and 17.2mm (DS 2.57) respectively, with a decrease of 14.5%. The caliber of the subclavian arteries (7.7mm, SD 1.1) was significantly higher (P=0.0001) than of the carotid arteries (64mm, SD 0.78). The diameter of the carotid arteries both right and left were 6.5mm (DS 0.81) and 6.3mm (DS 0.75) respectively. The right subclavian artery presented higher caliber than the left (7.9mm, DS 1.09; 7.6mm, DS 1.12) without significant statistical difference (P=0.0801). The difference between the origin of the brachiocephalic trunk and the left subclavian artery was 32.8 (DS 6.16); the brachiocephalic trunk length was 30.2mm ± 5.27. It highlights the high frequency of arches with emergency of two and four branches. The calibers of the branches are smaller than those reported in the literature.

  8. Descrição das lesões microscópicas das pregas vestibulares de adultos autopsiados e sua relação com as causas de óbito e doença de base / Description of microscopic lesions of vestibular folds of autopsied adults and their relationship with cause of death and underlying disease

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    Renata C., Rossi; Ana. K. M., Salge; Rosana R. M., Correa; Mara L. F., Ferraz; Vicente P. A., Teixeira; Marlene A., Reis; Eumenia C. C., Castro.

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Com o aumento dos métodos invasivos que são utilizados para o diagnóstico de doenças do trato respiratório é de se esperar que as alterações das pregas vestibulares (PV) sejam mais freqüentes. Além disso, recentemente tem sido discutida a importância das PV na proteção do organismo contra agentes in [...] fecciosos e pouco se sabe sobre as lesões microscópicas em pacientes autopsiados, pois o estudo das cordas vocais não é rotina no exame post mortem. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever as alterações microscópicas das pregas vestibulares e realizar a sua relação com as causas de óbito e doença de base de adultos autopsiados. FORMA DE ESTUDO: coorte transversal. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas microscopicamente 82 laringes coletadas de adultos autopsiados sendo realizada a coloração da Hematoxilina-eosina para visualizar as alterações morfológicas microscópicas das PV. RESULTADOS: Das 82 PV analisadas, observamos que 42 (51%) apresentaram reação inflamatória, sendo esta a única lesão encontrada. Quinze (18,3%) casos apresentaram hiperplasia dos folículos linfóides, onze (13,4%) casos infiltrado inflamatório difuso intenso e 16 (19,5%), reação inflamatória aguda. As doenças de base mais freqüentemente encontradas foram as do grupo de doenças do aparelho circulatório 31 (37,8%) e nestas 20 (67,8%) apresentavam reação inflamatória das PV. As doenças infecciosas foram a causa de morte mais freqüente nos pacientes com reação inflamatória das pregas vestibulares. CONCLUSÃO: Além da função anatômica as PV parecem possuir uma função imunológica em relação à infeccção das vias aéreas inferiores. Nosso estudo demonstrou a presença de reação inflamatória nas cordas vocais em pacientes com doenças infecciosas como causa de morte, podendo este achado estar relacionado com o processo séptico generalizado que levou o indivíduo à morte ou ser uma das formas do organismo prevenir a penetração de agentes infecciosos. Abstract in english The increase in invasive methods currently applied to diagnosis airway upper tract infection leads to a possible increase in vestibular folds (VF) lesions. Besides, VF importance in the prevention of the organism against infection pathogens had been stressed and few studies had addressed the microsc [...] opic lesions of the VF in autopsied patients because there is no routine VF examination in the postmortem exam. AIM: The aim of this study is morphological microscopic analyses of the VF from autopsied patients and its correlation with basic disease and cause of death. STUDY DESIGN: transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We studied 82 larynges collected during the autopsy exam and performed the Hematoxylin -eosin method for morphological analyses. RESULTS: From the 82 vestibular folds analyzed we observe that 42 (51%) showed an inflammatory reaction. In fifteen (18.3%) vestibular folds we found lymphoid follicular hyperplasia, in eleven (13.4%) diffuse inflammatory infiltrate and in sixteen (19.5%) acute inflammatory reactions. Circulatory diseases were the most frequently underlying diseases found, 31 (37.8%) and from these 20 (67.8%) presented associated vestibular folds inflammatory reaction. The infection diseases were the most frequently cause of death among the patients with inflammatory reaction of the VF. CONCLUSION: Besides the anatomic function, VF seem to have a immunological function preventing lower airway infections. Our study demonstrated inflammatory PV reactions in patients with infections diseases as cause of death; this finding could be a consequence of the sepses that leads the patient to death or a different way used by the organism to prevent infection.

  9. Descrição das lesões microscópicas das pregas vestibulares de adultos autopsiados e sua relação com as causas de óbito e doença de base Description of microscopic lesions of vestibular folds of autopsied adults and their relationship with cause of death and underlying disease

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    Renata C. Rossi

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Com o aumento dos métodos invasivos que são utilizados para o diagnóstico de doenças do trato respiratório é de se esperar que as alterações das pregas vestibulares (PV sejam mais freqüentes. Além disso, recentemente tem sido discutida a importância das PV na proteção do organismo contra agentes infecciosos e pouco se sabe sobre as lesões microscópicas em pacientes autopsiados, pois o estudo das cordas vocais não é rotina no exame post mortem. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever as alterações microscópicas das pregas vestibulares e realizar a sua relação com as causas de óbito e doença de base de adultos autopsiados. FORMA DE ESTUDO: coorte transversal. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas microscopicamente 82 laringes coletadas de adultos autopsiados sendo realizada a coloração da Hematoxilina-eosina para visualizar as alterações morfológicas microscópicas das PV. RESULTADOS: Das 82 PV analisadas, observamos que 42 (51% apresentaram reação inflamatória, sendo esta a única lesão encontrada. Quinze (18,3% casos apresentaram hiperplasia dos folículos linfóides, onze (13,4% casos infiltrado inflamatório difuso intenso e 16 (19,5%, reação inflamatória aguda. As doenças de base mais freqüentemente encontradas foram as do grupo de doenças do aparelho circulatório 31 (37,8% e nestas 20 (67,8% apresentavam reação inflamatória das PV. As doenças infecciosas foram a causa de morte mais freqüente nos pacientes com reação inflamatória das pregas vestibulares. CONCLUSÃO: Além da função anatômica as PV parecem possuir uma função imunológica em relação à infeccção das vias aéreas inferiores. Nosso estudo demonstrou a presença de reação inflamatória nas cordas vocais em pacientes com doenças infecciosas como causa de morte, podendo este achado estar relacionado com o processo séptico generalizado que levou o indivíduo à morte ou ser uma das formas do organismo prevenir a penetração de agentes infecciosos.The increase in invasive methods currently applied to diagnosis airway upper tract infection leads to a possible increase in vestibular folds (VF lesions. Besides, VF importance in the prevention of the organism against infection pathogens had been stressed and few studies had addressed the microscopic lesions of the VF in autopsied patients because there is no routine VF examination in the postmortem exam. AIM: The aim of this study is morphological microscopic analyses of the VF from autopsied patients and its correlation with basic disease and cause of death. STUDY DESIGN: transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We studied 82 larynges collected during the autopsy exam and performed the Hematoxylin -eosin method for morphological analyses. RESULTS: From the 82 vestibular folds analyzed we observe that 42 (51% showed an inflammatory reaction. In fifteen (18.3% vestibular folds we found lymphoid follicular hyperplasia, in eleven (13.4% diffuse inflammatory infiltrate and in sixteen (19.5% acute inflammatory reactions. Circulatory diseases were the most frequently underlying diseases found, 31 (37.8% and from these 20 (67.8% presented associated vestibular folds inflammatory reaction. The infection diseases were the most frequently cause of death among the patients with inflammatory reaction of the VF. CONCLUSION: Besides the anatomic function, VF seem to have a immunological function preventing lower airway infections. Our study demonstrated inflammatory PV reactions in patients with infections diseases as cause of death; this finding could be a consequence of the sepses that leads the patient to death or a different way used by the organism to prevent infection.

  10. Características clinicopatológicas y distribución del número de autopsias de pacientes fallecidos por coccidioidomicosis en un hospital de referencia del noreste de México / Clinicopathologic Characteristics and Distibution of Number of Autopsies of Patient Death Due to Coccidioidomycosis at a Referral Hospital in Northeastern México

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    Ana Laura, Calderón-Garcidueñas; Karina, Piña-Osuna; Ana María, Leal-Moreno; Adriana, López-Cárdenas; Ricardo M, Cerda-Flores.

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: describir las características clinicopatológicas de un grupo de pacientes con coccidioidomicosis (CM) quienes fallecieron en un hospital de referencia del Noreste de México de 1983-2000; conocer si la frecuencia anual y mensual de fallecimientos se presentó de manera uniforme. Material y [...] métodos: en el Hospital de Especialidades 25 del IMSS se seleccionó de un total de 4598 autopsias 31 casos con CM. Se analizó el expediente clínico y el protocolo de autopsia. Para la determinación de la distribución del número de fallecimientos por trimestre se utilizó una tabla de contingencia y la prueba de Kolmogorov-Smirnov. Resultados: de los 31 casos, 10 fueron mujeres y 21 hombres (edad de 4 meses a 60 años). En mujeres, el antecedente más frecuente fue el embarazo (40%) mientras que en hombres lo fueron la insuficiencia renal crónica (38%) y el SIDA (19%). La septicemia, la neumonía y la meningitis fueron las formas de presentación clínica más frecuentes. No se observó variación en la distribución de casos de mortalidad por CM en los 18 años estudiados ni cuando la población se agrupó por trimestres (p>0.05). Conclusiones: la mortalidad por CM fue del 0.67% y no se observó variación en el número de defunciones por esta causa a través del tiempo. La CM debe incluirse en el diagnóstico diferencial de pacientes de esta área endémica que presentan factores de riesgo como embarazo, insuficiencia renal crónica o SIDA, en especial si cursan con cuadros neumónicos con patrón miliar o septicemia con esplenomegalia. Abstract in english Aims: 1. To describe clinical and pathologic characteristics of patients with coccidioidomycosis (CM) who died from 1983-2000 at a hospital in northeastern Mexico, and 2, to know distribution of number of deaths due to CM per year and month. Methods: from 4598 autopsies, 31 cases of CM were selected [...] . Clinical chart and autopsy protocols were examined. Distribution of cases was analyzed by contingence table and Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests. Results: there were 10 women and 21 men (aged 4 months to 60 years). In women, pregnancy was present in 40%ofcases. In men, chronic renal failure (CRF) (38%) and AIDS (19%) were the pathologic conditions most frequently observed. Variation in distribution of cases throughout 18 years was not observed (p > 0.05). Conclusions: mortality due to CM was 0.67% and variation in number of deaths was not found. In this endemic area, CM must be included in differential diagnosis of patients with risk factors such as pregnancy, CRF, and AIDS, especially if associated with pneumonia with miliary pattern or septicemia with splenomegaly.

  11. Utilidad de la determinación de la fracción I de la Troponina cardíaca (cTnI, en el diagnóstico de la muerte súbita de origen cardíaco en autopsias forenses Usefulness of cardiac troponin I (cTnI in the diagnosis of sudden cardiac death in forensic autopsies

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    E. Navarro

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetives: To evaluate practical usefulness of cardiac Troponin analysis (cTnI in peripheral blood levels, in order to improve diagnosis of sudden cardiac death in routine forensic cases. Comparing these levels with Myoglobin and MB-CK blood levels in the same type of samples. Material and methods: We have studied 97 medico legal autopsies performed in the Pathology Service of the Institute of Legal Medicine (Alicante. In every case we analyzed sample of serum from peripheral blood (femoral, by Microparticle Enzyme Immunoassay (MEIA Axsym system (Abbott Diagnostics. Causes of death were classified into 6 groups according: 1 Death of cardiac origin (n=42; 2 Traumatic deaths (n=19; 3 Death by asphyxia (n=12; 4 Natural deaths of non-cardiac origin (n=8; 5 Miscellaneous group (n=6, and 6 Traumatic death with Thoracic trauma (n=10. Data was analysed by means of SPSS 14.0 statistical software program (SPSS Inc, 2005. Results: cTnI levels were significantly high in cases of sudden cardiac death, but it were also high in the group of thoracic trauma, which could raise diagnosis problems between these groups, as was shown previously in the literature. Conclusions: The determination of cTnI is more efficient than CKMB and Myoglobine in the diagnosis of sudden cardiac death. However, the elevation of mean levels of this marker in cases of severe thoracic traumatism limits its diagnostic usefulness in these situations.

  12. Muerte inesperada súbita en el Servicio de Urgencias, de paciente tratada por neurosis de ansiedad, portadora de un feocromocitoma descubierto durante la autopsia. Sudden unexpected death at the medical Emergency Service of a patient, treated for anxiety neurosis, who had a heochromocytoma, found at forensic autopsy.

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    A. Serratosa

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Los pacientes que sufren problemas psiquiátricos graves, y aquellos otros cuya sintomatología se encuentra a caballo entre los trastornos emocionales puros y los dependientes de la somatización de los conflictos psíquicos constituyen un colectivo de enfermos que necesitan de especial atención y esfuerzo diagnóstico. Los primeros conforman un grupo de alto riesgo de muerte inesperada por enfermedades, tan comunes, que realmente sorprende que no fuesen diagnosticadas y tratadas a tiempo. Los segundos se enfrentan a la dificultad diagnóstica de diferenciar entre lo verdaderamente emocional y lo somático, con el peligro secundario de obviar la verdadera causa somática de algunos cuadros clínicos con sintomatología fácilmente etiquetada de psíquica. A veces la realidad se impone de manera drástica, y legalmente conflictiva para el médico o el equipo de asistencia hospitalaria. Presentamos un caso de muerte inesperada, que tuvo lugar en el Servicio de Urgencias, de una paciente diagnosticada de neurosis de ansiedad. La Autopsia Médico-Legal descubrió la existencia de un feocromocitoma de la médula suprarrenal izquierda.Patients who suffer serious psychiatric problems, and those others whose symptoms are half way between purely emotional disorders and those dependent on somatization of psychological conflicts, make up a group of patients for whom diagnosis requires special attention and effort. The first form a group at high risk of unexpected death from illnesses so common that it is really surprising that they are not diagnosed and treated in time. The second are faced with the difficulty at diagnosis of differentiating between the truly emotional and the somatic, with the secondary danger of obviating the real somatic cause of some clinical state, with symptoms easily labelled as psychological. At times reality asserts itself drastically, and is legally conflictive for the doctor or the hospital team. We present a case of unexpected death, which took place at the Medical Emergency Service, of a patient diagnosed with anxiety neurosis. The forensic autopsy discovered the existence of a pheochromocytoma of the left suprarenal medulla.

  13. Fatores de risco relacionados com suicidios em Palmas (TO), Brasil, 2006-2009, investigados por meio de autopsia psicossocial / Risk factors associated with suicides in Palmas in the state of Tocantins, Brazil, between 2006 and 2009 investigated by psycho-social autopsy

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    Neci, Sena-Ferreira; Valdir Filgueiras, Pessoa; Raphael, Boechat-Barros; Ana Elisa Bastos, Figueiredo; Maria Cecilia de Souza, Minayo.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva analisar e descrever os fatores de risco e seus determinantes, associados a 24 casos de suicídios ocorridos na cidade de Palmas (TO), no período de 2006 a 2009. Utilizou-se o método de autópsia psicológica e psicossocial, a qual, por meio de entrevistas com familiares, busca inv [...] estigar os suicídios consumados, contextualizando características da vida do sujeito, e compreender os processos familiares e as circunstâncias afetivas, sociais, econômicas e culturais, fundamentando-se na reconstrução da história e da personalidade da pessoa. Os fatores socioeconômicos associados foram: ser do sexo masculino, solteiro, de cor parda, estar na faixa etária de 20 a 40 anos e com ensino fundamental. Os principais fatores de risco identificados foram: transtornos mentais, abuso de álcool e outras drogas, relacionamento familiar conturbado e histórico de tentativas anteriores. Buscamos contextualizar e refletir sobre alguns casos relatados pelos familiares e sobre a resposta das equipes de saúde às demandas das famílias. A necessidade de implantar programas de prevenção e de capacitar os profissionais da atenção básica foi verificada. Abstract in english The scope of this article is to analyze and describe the risk factors and determinants linked to 24 suicides in the city of Palmas in the state of Tocantins between 2006 and 2009. The psychological and psycho-social autopsy method was used in order to investigate the consummated suicides by intervie [...] wing family members. It contextualized the subjects' life characteristics to understand the family dynamics and the affective, social, economic and cultural background, based on the reconstruction of the history and personality of the individuals. The associated socio-economic factors were: being male, aged between 20 and 40, single, with mixed ethnicity and basic education. The major risk factors identified were: mental disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, disturbed family relationship and a history of previous suicide attempts. An attempt was made to contextualize and reflect on some cases reported by family members, as well as on the response of the health care teams to the demands of the families. The need to implement prevention programs and to train the primary health care professionals was considered a priority.

  14. Prevalência e padrão de distribuição das doenças cerebrovasculares em 242 idosos, procedentes de um hospital geral, necropsiados em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, no período de 1976 a 1997 Prevalence and types of cerebrovascular diseases in 242 hospitalized elderly patients, autopsied in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 1976 to 1997

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    José Eymard H. Pittella

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a prevalência e os tipos das doenças cerebrovasculares (DCVs em indivíduos idosos necropsiados. MÉTODO: Foram consultados os laudos neuropatológicos de 242 pacientes com idade igual ou superior a 61 anos, procedentes em sua maioria do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, e necropsiados consecutivamente no período 1976 a 1997. RESULTADO: Os principais grupos de doenças do sistema nervoso central (SNC foram representados por DCVs (71,9%, infecções (12,4%, neoplasias (7,1%, traumatismos crânio-encefálicos (3,7%, doenças nutricionais (2,5% e doenças degenerativas (1,7%. As DCVs mais frequentes foram: aterosclerose (61,2%, doença cerebrovascular hipertensiva (25,6% e infarto cerebral (14,9%. Observou-se aumento da frequência e da gravidade da aterosclerose e da frequência da doença cerebrovascular hipertensiva com o avançar da idade. Houve associação significativa entre doença cerebrovascular hipertensiva e aterosclerose. As DCVs foram clinicamente sintomáticas e as responsáveis diretas pelo óbito em 42,7% e 17,3% dos pacientes, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: As DCVs constituíram o principal grupo de doenças do SNC no idoso. A aterosclerose e a doença cerebrovascular hipertensiva foram as principais doenças deste grupo, notando-se aumento de sua frequência com o avançar da idade e associação significativa entre ambas.OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and the types of cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs in autopsied elderly individuals. METHOD: Consecutive clinical charts and neuropathological reports of 242 patients aged 61 years or older were reviewed. The patients died in Hospital das Clínicas, Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 1976 to 1997. RESULTS: The prevalent diseases of the central nervous system (CNS found in decreasing order were: CVDs (71.9%, infections (12.4%, neoplasms (7.1%, head trauma (3.7%, nutritional diseases (2.5% and degenerative diseases (1.7%. The most common CVDs were cerebral atherosclerosis (61.2%, hypertensive cerebrovascular disease (25.6% and cerebral infarct (14.9%. There was an increase in prevalence and severity of atherosclerosis and an increase in prevalence of hypertensive cerebrovascular disease with advancing age. A significant association between hypertensive cerebrovascular disease and atherosclerosis was found. The CVDs patients had clinical stroke and this was the direct cause of death in 42,7% and 17,3% of the cases, respectively. CONCLUSION: The CVDs were the most prevalent group of diseases of the CNS in elderly patients. Atherosclerosis and hypertensive cerebrovascular disease were the most common CVDs, and its prevalence increased with advancing age. Hypertensive cerebrovascular disease was significantly associated with atherosclerosis.

  15. Surveillance of abused drugs in forensic autopsy cases in Norway

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    Svetlana V. Konstantinova-Larsen

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available High drug related mortality has been registered in Norway. Although comparison between countries relies on a standard international coding system of diseases, different practices in verifying cause of death and applying codes could lead to variation. The comparison gives no information on drug findings or drug patterns underlying the cause of deaths. To evaluate deaths involving illicit drugs in Norway, we examined drug patterns in 2735 forensically examined post-mortem samples collected from 15-64 year-old individuals from 2000 to 2009. There were four times as many men as women among the deceased illicit drug users, and the majority were in the age group 25-44 years. The number of deceased showing signs of illicit drug use has gradually declined during the study period. The decline was found among younger individuals, while a larger proportion of the deceased were above 45 years of age in 2009, compared to 2000. Cases positive for heroin, ethanol, ecstasy and flunitrazepam were fewer in 2009, while the prevalence of amphetamine, cannabis, methadone and other opioids has increased. The prevalence of methamphetamine has increased ten fold, and the prevalence of benzodiazepines doubled. Thus, the drug pattern and age of the deceased has changed markedly during the last 10 years. Heroin and ethanol use has partly been substituted by use of amphetamines, cannabis, benzodiazepines and other opioids. This change could possibly be explained by the prolonged survival of drug users on substitution treatment and by the reduced toxicity of consumed drugs.

  16. Social Resilience in Online Communities: The Autopsy of Friendster

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    Garcia, David; Schweitzer, Frank

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    We empirically analyze five online communities: Friendster, Livejournal, Facebook, Orkut, Myspace, to identify causes for the decline of social networks. We define social resilience as the ability of a community to withstand changes. We do not argue about the cause of such changes, but concentrate on their impact. Changes may cause users to leave, which may trigger further leaves of others who lost connection to their friends. This may lead to cascades of users leaving. A social network is said to be resilient if the size of such cascades can be limited. To quantify resilience, we use the k-core analysis, to identify subsets of the network in which all users have at least k friends. These connections generate benefits (b) for each user, which have to outweigh the costs (c) of being a member of the network. If this difference is not positive, users leave. After all cascades, the remaining network is the k-core of the original network determined by the cost-to-benefit c/b ratio. By analysing the cumulative dist...

  17. SURVEI KEMATIAN NEONATAL (STUDI AUTOPSI VERBAL DI KABUPATEN CIREBON, 2004

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    Sarimawar Djaja

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    Full Text Available In its attempt to realize the intervention program to saving newborn babies with asphyxia, the Ministry of Health will initiate to train midwives in the village in order to that they know how to operate resuscitation equipment to save neonatal baby with asphyxia. The intervention program his dubbed successful if the mortality proportion due if asphyxia decreased to half as targeted. The survey was conducted in the rural area of Cirebon district. The sample was 200 neonatal death babies, calculated using the hypothesis test with different proportion; p1 0.3 (30% neonatal death cause of asphyxia, according household health survey 2001, p2 0.15, ? 0.05, ? 0.2, (l-? 0.8. Neonatal dead cases happened within 12 months prior to the survey were identified by rural midwives out of their personal records. The death cases were followed up by interviewing the mother of the neonatal baby concerning its birth, illness or disorder histories before death. The diagnosis of the diseases were based on the International Classification of Diseases 10 and Wigglesworth classification, determined in union by NIHRD researchers and neonatologists. The neonatal mortality rate was 13 out of 1,000 live births. The major cause of early neonatal mortality was respiration disorder mainly caused by birth asphyxia (45%, of which 90 percent could be intervened by doing resuscitation (for babies weighed more than 1.000 gram. The second and third order of the mortality causes was infection (22% and congenital disorders (11% respectively. The major cause of late neonatal mortality was infection (56%, followed by low birth weight and prematurely born, as well as neonatal jaundice (14 percent each, and congenital disorder comes in the third place. The option to handle asphyxia with the early neonatal babies is the right effort to decrease the neonatal mortality rate. And to achieve the utmost result, it is necessary that the rural midwives maintain their standard performance (in terms of quantity and quality in their basic midwifery services, i.e. providing pregnancy health care and detecting as early as possible maternal diseases/complication. Besides, there must be continuous monitoring and adequate guidance from the counselor team from referral hospital.

  18. Histo-morphology of age of contusions: An autopsy study

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Background : During forensic evaluation the determination of age of contusions play a very important role. Age of contusions is normally determined based on their colour. Different authors have different interpretations of age of contusions based on colour. Objective : The aim of the present study is to have a first hand information regarding the colour changes occurring in contusions with the passage of time, in our population and also to compare the aging process of contusions in our population with the standard data available Methods: Contusions were classified into small, medium and large. Both naked eye examination of colour of contusions and microscopic examination of contusions were done. Perl’s staining was also done to confirm the presence of pigments. Results: 65 male and 15 female patients were included in the study. Majority of the cases the contusions were due to road traffic accidents. It was observed that in contusions of 24 hrs duration it was red in colour,followed by blue colour for two to three days. Contusions of four to six days were bluish black coloured and green in colour by seventh day. Microscopic examination revealed the presence of RBC in injuries less than 24 hrs duration. Lymphocytes and polymorphs were prominent in third and fourth day of injury. Perl’s stain was positive from the fifth day onwards. Conclusion : The observations of colour tone of injury and histopathological findings including special staining techniques like Perl’s stain can help the forensic pathologist to a certain extent in dating the age of medium sized contusion in moderately nourished adult subjects during the initial phases of injury. [National J of Med Res 2012; 2(3.000: 339-342

  19. Autopsie des événements hydrométéorologiques extrêmes de 1969 en Tunisie

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    Boudhraâ, H.; Cudennec, C.

    2015-06-01

    Retrospective forensics of the 1969 extreme hydrometeorological events in Tunisia - Tunisia experienced extreme rainfall-flood events in September and October~1969 across most of the country. These events have been gauged and reconstituted in such a detailed manner that they are now the best known extreme events in Maghreb, both because they represent the most important events ever quantified and because many land uses and hydraulic facilities have changed and been set up since then, thus changing regimes. The retrospective forensics of these events are much valuable not only in terms of hydrological and geomorphological knowledge, but also in terms of actual and future water and infrastructure management as many dams, overexploited groundwater, human settlement and security stakes are now depending and vulnerable to such possible events in the future.

  20. Endocardial Invasion of Lung Cancer Undiagnosable before Autopsy

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    Mizuno, T; Ishigami, K.; Yamada, S; tsuchiya, h.; Nakajima, C.; Sangen, R.; Fukushima, M.(High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 305-0801, Tsukuba, Japan); Minato, H.; Nojima, N.; Saito, A.; Hayashi, N.; Atsumi, H.; Ito, T.; Iguchi, M.; Usuda, D.

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    A 59-year-old male patient presented with left chest discomfort on admission. His medical history included encephalitis in childhood and his smoking history was 20 cigarettes per day for 40 years. A physical examination showed an anemic and edematous face with weak respiratory sounds in the left lung. The patient had elevated calcium levels and decreased hemoglobin and potassium. His parathyroid hormone-related protein level was elevated. Thoracic radiography showed cardiomegaly and computed ...

  1. An autopsy case of pulmonary fissure induced by zygomycosis

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    Imai Y.; Adachi Y; Kimura T; Nakano C; Shimizu T; Shi M; Okigaki M; Shimo T; Kaneko K.; Ikehara S

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    Yuichiro Imai,1 Yasushi Adachi,2,3 Takashi Kimura,4 Chikara Nakano,5 Toshiki Shimizu,4 Ming Shi,2 Mitsuhiko Okigaki,6 Tomohiko Shimo,1 Kazunari Kaneko,1 Susumu Ikehara2 1Department of Pediatrics, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 2Department of Stem Cell Disorders, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 3Division of Clinical Pathology, Toyooka Hospital, Hyogo, 4First Department of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, 5Second Department of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical Universit...

  2. Understanding maternal mental illness: psychiatric autopsy of a maternal death.

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    Chen, Helen

    2012-05-01

    Maternal mental illness is a significant public health concern, with established adverse outcomes on both mother and infant, such as impaired mother-infant bonding and infant cognitive and emotional development. In severe cases, maternal mortality and infanticide can tragically occur. This is a report on the suicide of a mother who jumped to her death at three months postpartum. She suffered from puerperal psychosis with bipolar features, with onset at six weeks postpartum. The case highlights the burden of maternal mental illness in our community as well as the need for resources and services to care well for mothers. With a better understanding of its presentation and risk factors, early identification and intervention can reduce morbidity and mortality. PMID:22584985