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Frequent detection of stomach contents in accidental drowning.
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PMID:  21905572     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
We analysed forensic autopsies of 536 consecutive adults to determine the relationship between the presence of stomach contents and the manner of death. Stomach contents were identified in 27 (79.4%) of 34 accidental drownings and in 22 (43.1%) of 51 suicidal drownings (P < 0.01). Accidental drowning was the manner of death most frequently associated with the presence of stomach contents, and stomach contents were found significantly more often in this type of death than in suicidal drowning. These findings indicate that food intake is a factor possibly related to accidental drowning and suggest that fasting may be required before swimming or taking a bath to prevent accidental drowning.
Kazuhiko Kibayashi; Ryo Shimada; Ken-Ichiro Nakao
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8666, Japan.
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