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Cardiac diverticula have been documented in approximately 80 patients. In over 70% of cases, this lesion is associated with midline thoracoabdominal defects or other congenital malformations of the heart. The diverticulum is thought to occur early in embryogenesis from an outpouching of...
A case involving a suicidal overdose resulting from the ingestion of 90 tablets (400 mg) of meprobamate is presented. The drug was quantified using a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame ionization detector (FID). While the blood level was 204.6 µg/ml, the maximum concentration was found in...
Previous studies have identified an apparent underreporting of alcohol-related natural deaths on death certificates. This survey consists of a review of death certificates in one urban county, and provides further evidence that alcohol-caused natural deaths are underreported by physicians who...
An incidental, pearl-like body was attached to the visceral pleura of a young man who committed suicide. The lesion consisted of concentric laminations of collagen and mesothelial type cells, and was associated with a resolved pleurisy. The possible relationship of this lesion to previously...
Occult foreign body aspiration is an uncommon but serious occurrence in the elderly population. A case is presented in which the foreign body, a nut, was uncovered only at autopsy
An apparently healthy 80-day-old boy died suddenly for no apparent reason. The autopsy revealed that the patient had had congenital asplenia, extensive cardiovascular anomalies, and other organ malformations, including trisegmented lungs, hypoplasia of the corpus callosum and cranial bones, a...
Two obese women not known to be diabetic died suddenly of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). To our knowledge, sudden unexpected death due to DKA has not been reported as the only manifestation of diabetes mellitus. The investigation of sudden death in patients with risk factors for diabetes,...
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