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An unusual accidental death from positional asphyxia.
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PMID:  20938323     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Death from postural or positional asphyxia takes place in circumstances when the victim's body assumes an abnormal position compromising the process of respiration. The diagnosis is usually based on circumstantial evidence in conjunction with excluding other significant underlying causes of death. This case report is about a 37-year-old man who had been drinking the previous night and was found dead in the morning in a knee-chest position. The forensic medical examiner had the opportunity to examine and photograph the scene of death while the body was still in its original position. Apart from a blood alcohol level of 290 mg/100 mL, marked congestion of the face, and petechial hemorrhages on the conjunctivae, autopsy findings were unremarkable. There were no injuries or pathological findings to account for his death. Death was certified as due to postural asphyxia secondary to intoxication by alcohol.
Authors:
Fawzi Abdussalam Benomran; A I Hassan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
From the Forensic Medicine Department, General Department of Forensic Science, Dubai Police General Headquarters, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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