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The Drowning Index: Implementation in Drowning, Mechanical Asphyxia, and Acute Myocardial Infarct Cases.
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PMID:  24528098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Drowning is a diagnosis of exclusion based on circumstantial and autopsy correlation. Sugimura proposed a threshold value of 14.1 for the Drowning Index (DI), the ratio of lung and pleural fluid to spleen weight, as a surrogate marker to diagnose drowning. We questioned the use of DI in diagnosing drowning. We compared DI between three groups-drowning, mechanical asphyxia, and myocardial infarct-seen at Broward MEO from 2008 to 2009. Only 9.4% of 53 drownings exceeded the DI threshold of 14.1, while 30% of 10 mechanical asphyxias and 40% of 10 myocardial infarcts had DI >14.1. Sensitivity for the DI test was <10% and specificity 60-70%. Median DI values for all groups were <10. Mann-Whitney U-test was not statistically significant between groups. The DI is neither sensitive nor specific and lacks any utility in the diagnosis of drowning.
Khalil S Wardak; Robert M Buchsbaum; Frozan Walyzada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-2-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-2-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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