Sudden death due to delayed rupture of hepatic subcapsular hematoma following blunt abdominal trauma

M. L. Taff, A. A. Wolodzko, L. R. Boglioli

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Abstract

Blunt abdominal trauma can cause sudden, unexpected death due to injuries to internal organs. Rupture of a hepatic subcapsular hematoma is a relatively rare cause of sudden death following minor blunt abdominal trauma. Death may be delayed several days to weeks. The autopsy is an invaluable diagnostic tool that can be utilized to uncover sudden deaths due to abdominal trauma. The case of an alcoholic who died of a ruptured hepatic subcapsular hematoma is presented. The death investigation revealed that the victim had sustained blunt abdominal trauma during a fall a few days prior to death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-274
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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