Pulmonary fat embolism - a prospective study within the forensic autopsy collective of th eRepublic of Iceland

Voisard, Matthias X.; Schweitzer, Wolf; Jackowski, Christian (2012). Pulmonary fat embolism - a prospective study within the forensic autopsy collective of th eRepublic of Iceland. Journal of forensic sciences, 58(1), pp. 105-111. Wiley 10.1111/1556-4029.12003

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In the last century, studies established the origin of pulmonary fat embolism (PFE) and identified mechanical trauma as main source for PFE. This prospective study focused on determining a possible influence of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the context of an aging population, on the occurrence of PFE. Lung tissue samples from 256 bodies were examined using the twin-edged knife technique without preliminary fixation but after staining with Sudan III. PFE grading was determined according to Falzi and performed at a 10× magnification. For statistical analysis, bodies were grouped by age, gender, and putrefaction and categorized following whether they had experienced trauma, CPR, the combination of both, or no mechanical impact. There was a significant correlation of trauma, CPR, and the combination of both to PFE but no noticeable influence of gender or putrefaction. An age over 70 years promotes a PFE due to resuscitation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Jackowski, Christian

ISSN:

0022-1198

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katrin Renfer

Date Deposited:

20 Jun 2014 10:24

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2014 10:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1556-4029.12003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44915

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