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2017 Month : April Volume : 3 Issue : 1 Page : 1-3

POSTMORTEM DIAGNOSIS OF DEATH BY FOREIGN BODY ASPIRATION- SUDDEN, SUSPICIOUS AND UNNATURAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Abhishek Das1, Deepsekhar Dalal2, Deepmalya Sengupta3, Sujash Biswas4, Biswajit Sukul5

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Abhishek Das,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Forensic and State Medicine,
88, College Street, Kolkata-700073,
Medical College, Kolkata.
E-mail: abhishek.das.forensic@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND

Among all fatal aetiologies of asphyxia, aspiration is one of the important entities. Sudden aspiration of foreign body into respiratory tract often raises suspicion of crime hidden underneath as circumstance becomes unnatural frequently.

CASE HISTORY

A case where a 35 years old chronic alcoholic male engaged in a private job at a garment shop. On a Sunday evening, one friend of the deceased called him over mobile phone several times and got no response. On reaching the residence, the door of the room was open where he was found to be lying unconscious on bed. Immediately, he was taken to nearest hospital where the attending doctor found evidence of vomitus and declared him brought dead. Autopsy examination confirmed the diagnosis of asphyxia by aspiration of food material from the stomach into the respiratory tract after a vomiting episode.

DISCUSSION

Aspiration-related deaths most commonly occur in the elderly with identifiable risk factors like alcoholism, old age, neurological disorder, upper GI pathology, etc. Frequently, patient’s aspiration as the cause of death is unsuspected by clinicians. Post-mortem examination can diagnose the cause of death with certainty.

CONCLUSION

An attempt has been made in this presentation to put forward autopsy findings of such a case to establish the cause of death through photographs and relevant discussions.

KEYWORDS

Asphyxia, Aspiration, Autopsy, Postmortem Diagnosis, Cause of Death.

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