Postmortem diagnostics using MSCT and MRI of a lethal streptococcus group A infection at infancy: a case report.

Jackowski, Christian; Dirnhofer, Stephan; Thali, Michael; Aghayev, Emin; Dirnhofer, Richard; Sonnenschein, Martin (2005). Postmortem diagnostics using MSCT and MRI of a lethal streptococcus group A infection at infancy: a case report. Forensic science international, 151(2-3), pp. 157-163. Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland 10.1016/j.forsciint.2005.01.015

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Postmortem cross-sectional imaging using multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was considered as a base for a minimal invasive postmortem investigation in forensic medicine such as within the Virtopsy approach. We present the case of a 3-year-old girl with a lethal streptococcus group A infection and the findings of postmortem imaging in this kind of natural death. Postmortem MSCT and MRI revealed an edematous occlusion of the larynx at the level of the vocal cords, severe pneumonia with atelectatic parts of both upper lobes and complete atelectasis of both lower lobes, purulent fluid-filled right main bronchus, enlargement of cervical lymph nodes and pharyngeal tonsils, and additionally, a remaining glossopharyngeal cyst as well as an ureter fissus of the right kidney. All relevant autopsy findings could be obtained and visualized by postmortem imaging and confirmed by histological and microbiological investigations supporting the idea of a minimal invasive autopsy technique.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Pathology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Evaluative Research into Orthopaedic Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Jackowski, Christian; Dirnhofer, Stephan; Thali, Michael; Aghayev, Emin and Dirnhofer, Richard

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0379-0738

Publisher:

Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

05 Nov 2015 12:50

Last Modified:

19 Nov 2015 16:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.forsciint.2005.01.015

PubMed ID:

15939147

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72528

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