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Coprophagic café coronary.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11444673     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 74-year-old man who had been institutionalized for severe multiinfarct dementia was found dead in bed. He had a history of compulsive ingestion of food and other materials, including feces. At autopsy, a 65-g bolus of fecal material was impacted within the laryngopharynx, occluding the inlet of the larynx. This case demonstrates an unusual coprophagic variant of cafe coronary syndrome and emphasizes that demented individuals with pica are at risk of sudden death from ingestion of a wide variety of materials, including, but not limited to, food.
R W Byard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-10     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2013-12-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / etiology,  pathology*
Death, Sudden
Dementia, Multi-Infarct*
Human Coprophagia / complications*

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