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Accidental fatal hypothermia in elderly people with Alzheimer's disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12741656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report two forensic autopsy cases of fatal accidental hypothermia in an 89-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man who were found dead and unclothed. In both cases, Alzheimer's disease (AD) was diagnosed by neuropathological examination. Wandering due to AD was determined as the cause of these accidents. Although paradoxical undressing in hypothermic victims is known to occur as a result of cold exposure, in our patients, undressing was attributed to dementia due to AD before they became hypothermic. These cases indicate that neuropathological examination is crucial to determining the cause of such accidents and that undressing is not always the result of hypothermia in elderly victims.
Kazuhiko Kibayashi; Hideki Shojo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-13     Completed Date:  2003-06-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Saga Medical School, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Alzheimer Disease / pathology,  psychology*
Brain / pathology
Clothing / psychology
Fatal Outcome
Forensic Medicine
Hypothermia / etiology*

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