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Brain weight of Danish children. A forensic material.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6624374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Medico-legal data are presented on 995 child deaths, 361 girls and 634 boys aged 0-18 years, whose brains were weighed at the time of autopsy using a standardized weighing technique (the brains were weighed before fixation, immediately after entire removal; the medulla oblongata was divided in the foramen magnum). From the results it appears that the brain weights are greater than those reported in a previously published series. This may be ascribed to a higher degree of oedema and a shorter duration of illness, or an absence of illness; another explanation may be related to a difference in origin. It should be remembered that post-mortem brain weights exceed the ante-mortem weights by up to 9%. The greater part of brain growth is completed by the end of the 2nd year of life, and thereafter the brain weight in girls is on the average a little lower than that in boys. No significant differences in brain weights are found in the various groups of causes of death; the brain weights in the group of sudden, unexpected infant deaths especially do not deviate from those in the other groups.
J Voigt; H Pakkenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta anatomica     Volume:  116     ISSN:  0001-5180     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Anat (Basel)     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-11-23     Completed Date:  1983-11-23     Revised Date:  2007-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370272     Medline TA:  Acta Anat (Basel)     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  290-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Brain / anatomy & histology*
Child, Preschool
Forensic Medicine
Infant, Newborn
Organ Size

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