Pulmonary embolism: A case of sudden unexpected death in a psychiatric hospital

Masaki Q. Fujita, Bao Li Zhu, Li Quan, Kaori Ishida, Shigeki Oritani, Histoshi Maeda

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We report a case of suspected fatal physical abuse in which the cause of death was proved to be pulmonary embolism. A patient with mental retardation presenting aggressive behavior was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and was treated with major tranquilizers. She suddenly died subsequent to an angina-like attack. For several days before her death, she had been confined to her bed because of very low physical and mental activity. Bruises and abrasions were observed on the extremities, suggesting the recent restraints. There was no positive evidence of physical abuse. At autopsy, the cause of death was elucidated to be pulmonary embolism originating from thrombi in the left popliteal vein. This case indicates the risk of pulmonary embolism in immobilized patients in psychiatric hospitals.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)176-179
ページ数4
ジャーナルLegal Medicine
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 1999
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 病理学および法医学
  • 諸問題の倫理的、法的側面

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