Death by biscuit--exhumation, post-mortem CT, and revision of the cause of death one year after interment

Thali, Yannick A.; Bolliger, Stephan A.; Hatch, Gary M.; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Thali, Michael J.; Ruder, Thomas D. (2011). Death by biscuit--exhumation, post-mortem CT, and revision of the cause of death one year after interment. Legal medicine, 13(3), pp. 142-4. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.12.002

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We describe a case of exhumation, performed to investigate the circumstances and cause of death, one year after burial. Post mortem computed tomography (PMCT) revealed a mass in the pharynx. Imaging directed the subsequent forensic autopsy to careful retrieval of a foreign body. Histological analysis revealed a non-cellular composition. The detection of foreign material in the pharynx and its composition indicated accidental, rather than natural death, secondary to choking on food. This unusual case illustrates how post mortem imaging can significantly contribute to forensic investigation and stresses the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration between forensic pathologists and radiologists.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bolliger, Stephan; Hatch, Gary; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Thali, Michael and Ruder, Thomas

ISSN:

1344-6223

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:21

Last Modified:

16 Jul 2014 16:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.12.002

PubMed ID:

21269860

Web of Science ID:

000289598600005

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6883 (FactScience: 211932)

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