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Type: Journal article
Title: Cardiac injuries in car occupants in fatal motor vehicle collisions - An autopsy-based study
Author: Turk, E.
Tsang, Y.
Champaneri, A.
Pueschel, K.
Byard, R.
Citation: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2010; 17(6):339-343
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1752-928X
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Elisabeth E. Turk, Yee-Wah Tsang, Anisha Champaneri, Klaus Pueschel, Roger W. Byard
Abstract: Motor vehicle accidents contribute widely to population morbidity and mortality around the world, and cardiac injuries are a major factor determining outcome. Autopsy reports from 380 motor vehicle occupants who died in motor vehicle crashes in Adelaide, Australia, and Hamburg, Germany, over a 6-year period were reviewed, analysing the presence and type of cardiac injuries and their correlation with factors such as crash type, presence of seatbelt/airbag and vehicle speed as well as with the presence of other injuries which might predict the presence of cardiac injuries in a clinical setting. 21.1% had cardiac injuries identified macroscopically autopsy or histology. Cardiac injuries were the only cause of death or contributed to a fatal outcome in 76% of these cases. Sternal fractures and left-sided serial rib fractures were predictive of cardiac injury.
Keywords: Medico-legal autopsy; Motor vehicle crash; Vehicle occupant; Cardiac injuries; Blunt force; Serial rib fractures
Rights: Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020098017
DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2010.05.005
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