Occurrence of pulmonary fat and bone marrow embolism

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
D Buchanan, J K Mason

Abstract

The lungs of 136 persons dying as a result of road traffic accidents were studied retrospectively for the presence of fat and bone marrow emboli. Comparable investigations were made in 54 cases of acute myocardial failure reported to the medicolegal authorities and in 50 cases of fatal drug overdose. A further 50 cases of myocardial failure dying in hospital were studied for the presence of bone marrow embolism only. It was considered that despite occurrence of an occasional anomalous case, both fat and bone marrow emboli are related to injury but that the incidence and severity of bone marrow embolism in particular depends greatly upon the conditions of the accidental death. The occurrence of pulmonary embolic phenomena in cases of natural death was attributed to resuscitative measures rather than the underlying condition. The results indicated that the medicolegal significance attached to the findings should, by themselves, be limited to the positive identification of injuries sustained before or at the time of death in the individual case.

Citations

Feb 27, 1999·Nucleosides & Nucleotides·I F ZeidA A el-Etrawy
Apr 24, 2012·Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine·Patrick J H Kim, Michael S Pollanen
Jul 7, 2016·Veterinary Pathology·L ResselE Ricci
Jan 1, 1984·Zeitschrift für Rechtsmedizin. Journal of legal medicine·S PollakC Stellwag-Carion

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