The use of post-mortem computed tomography in the investigation of intentional neonatal upper airway obstruction: an illustrated case.

Abstract:

:We present a single case report illustrating the diagnostic role of multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) in the investigation of suspicious child death where mechanical asphyxia is suspected. The case illustrates how radiological findings that may not be observable on conventional plain X-ray were identified by post-mortem MSCT. We illustrate how MSCT can illustrate the position of a foreign body within the upper airway of a neonate without the need for in situ dissection and how the combination of post-mortem MSCT with skeletal survey can provide enhanced diagnostic information in the investigation of not only whether the child was liveborn but also the consideration as to whether or not death has been caused by upper airway obstruction.

journal_name

Int J Legal Med

authors

Rutty GN,Jeffery AJ,Raj V,Morgan B

doi

10.1007/s00414-010-0438-4

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2010-11-01 00:00:00

pages

641-5

issue

6

eissn

0937-9827

issn

1437-1596

journal_volume

124

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