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Postmortem gastric perforation (gastromalacia) mimicking abusive injury in sudden unexplained infant death.
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PMID:  21607601     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Gastromalacia is a postmortem autolysis of gastric tissue that can culminate in gastric perforation. This entity is well-recognized by pathologists but is rarely encountered by diagnostic radiologists. We are reporting a case of sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) in which a boy was found to have pneumoperitoneum on postmortem radiographs, subsequently proved by autopsy to be caused by postmortem gastric perforation resulting from gastromalacia. It is important for radiologists to recognize this entity so as not to mistake it for bowel perforation caused by antemortem pathology, including inflicted trauma.
Andrew N Laczniak; Yutaka Sato; Marcus Nashelsky
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-24
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Title:  Pediatric radiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1998     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0365332     Medline TA:  Pediatr Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, IA, USA.
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