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Histological diagnosis of myocardial sarcoidosis in a fatal fall from a height.
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PMID:  20950322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The major issues of medico-legal relevance in fatal falls from a height are the manner of death and the reconstruction of the event. We present a peculiar case of a fatal fall from a height of about 9 m, involving a 27-year-old woman. At the death scene investigation, no suicide notes, housebreaking marks, or signs of fight were found, thus weakening both the suicide and homicide hypotheses. Combining circumstantial, autopsy and toxicology data, the kinematic analysis of the jump/fall, and the histological evidence of a myocardial sarcoidosis involving the left ventricle, we hypothesized that the young woman might have accidentally fallen from the window because of a sudden loss of consciousness related to cardiac disease undiagnosed during life. We believe that our brief report is a good example of the powerful additional information that histological investigations can offer for reconstructing the dynamics of the event in falls from a height and other traumatic fatalities.
Giovanni Cecchetto; Guido Viel; Alessandro Amagliani; Rafael Boscolo-Berto; Paolo Fais; Massimo Montisci
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  56 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S255-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health-Section of Legal Medicine, University of Padova, Via Falloppio 50, Padova, Italy.
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