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Death in custody due to a colopericardial fistula.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9185941     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Death while in custody is a sensitive issue as it has the potential to cause legal ramifications and political fall-out, to embarrass the law enforcement community, and to incite the general population. Studies of deaths while in custody show that natural deaths are much more common than both suicides and homicides combined. Studies also indicate that natural deaths cluster in the older population, while suicides, on the other hand, occur predominantly in the younger population. We present a summary and discussion of a death in custody that is unique in several aspects. Contrary to the norm, death in this 18-year-old male inmate was natural. It was due to a rare complication (colopericardial fistula) of a surgical procedure (colonic interposition) performed roughly 16 years previously. We believe that our case represents the third example of a colopericardial fistula and the first to occur following corrective surgery for esophageal atresia.
Authors:
D J Huddleston; T A Kocoshis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1997 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-30     Completed Date:  1997-07-30     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  194-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Education, Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana 47303, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology,  mortality*
Colon / transplantation*
Esophageal Atresia / surgery
Fistula / etiology,  mortality*,  pathology
Forensic Medicine
Heart Diseases / etiology,  mortality*,  pathology
Humans
Male
Pericardium* / pathology
Postoperative Complications / mortality*
Prisoners*

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