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Still frame from the hour of death: Acute intracerebral hemorrhage on post-mortem computed tomography in a decomposed corpse


Ruder, Thomas D; Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Hatch, Gary M; Ross, Steffen; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Thali, Michael J; Flach, Patricia M (2013). Still frame from the hour of death: Acute intracerebral hemorrhage on post-mortem computed tomography in a decomposed corpse. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging, 1(2):73-76.

Abstract

We report a case of an acute hypertensive, intracerebral hemorrhage on post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in a decomposed corpse. In clinical radiology, the appearance of blood on cross-sectional imaging is used to estimate the age of intracranial hemorrhage. The findings from this case indicate that characteristics of intracerebral blood on PMCT provide a still frame of the hemorrhage, as it was at the time of death. This observation suggests that the appearance of blood on PMCT may be used to estimate the age of an intracerebral hemorrhage but not to estimate the post-mortem interval. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Abstract

We report a case of an acute hypertensive, intracerebral hemorrhage on post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in a decomposed corpse. In clinical radiology, the appearance of blood on cross-sectional imaging is used to estimate the age of intracranial hemorrhage. The findings from this case indicate that characteristics of intracerebral blood on PMCT provide a still frame of the hemorrhage, as it was at the time of death. This observation suggests that the appearance of blood on PMCT may be used to estimate the age of an intracerebral hemorrhage but not to estimate the post-mortem interval. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:hemoglobin, adult; article; autolysis; autopsy; bioaccumulation; bloating; blood analysis; brain hemorrhage; case report; computed tomography scanner; computer assisted tomography; diagnostic imaging; forensic identification; heart atrium fibrillation; human; human tissue; hypertension; male; medical history; postmortem change; protein degradation; radiation attenuation; time of death
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:23 Oct 2013 08:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:03
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2212-4780
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jofri.2013.03.042

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