Child homicide caused by commotio cordis

L. R. Boglioli, M. L. Taff, G. Harleman

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Cardiac concussion, previously known as commotio cordis, occurs in structurally normal hearts without gross or microscopic injury to the myocardium, cardiac valves, or coronary arteries, as opposed to other sports- related deaths known to occur more frequently in structural or congenital heart disease. We describe the sudden cardiac death of a 2-year-old child, who died as a result of a blunt force impact to the chest. A thorough medicolegal investigation was necessary to determine that the child died as a result of foul play.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-438
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1998


  • Blunt force chest trauma
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Child abuse
  • Commotio cordis
  • Homicide
  • Myocardial concussion
  • Myocardial contusion
  • Sudden cardiac death


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