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The forensic significance of conjunctival petechiae.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3354519     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Conjunctival petechiae were mentioned in 227 (4.5%) of 5,000 consecutive autopsy reports of the Dade County Medical Examiner Department. They were most frequently observed in those who had died natural deaths (particularly due to cardiovascular disease), followed by those who had died from asphyxia, head injury, and central nervous system disorders. The incidence of conjunctival petechiae in victims of homicidal asphyxiation was 78%. These data suggest that conjunctival petechiae most often are the result of hypoxia coupled with an acute increase in cephalic vascular pressure. The latter factor may be the consequence of mechanical vascular obstruction or acute right heart failure.
V J Rao; C V Wetli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1988 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-05-04     Completed Date:  1988-05-04     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Miami, FL 33136.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / complications
Asphyxia / complications,  pathology
Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
Cause of Death*
Conjunctiva / pathology*
Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
Infection / complications
Multiple Trauma / complications
Purpura / epidemiology,  etiology*,  pathology
Wounds, Gunshot / complications

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