- To review a satellite facility's autopsy experience with coroner's cases, to determine the volume and type of cases performed ; and to evaluate the teaching value of forensic autopsies in a pathology residency training program.
- A retrospective review of 65 Los Angeles County Coroner cases performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif, from 1992 to 1996 was undertaken.
Data were retrieved from cause of death statements, medical report forms, and autopsy reports.
- In the 65 coroner's cases performed from 1992 to 1996, ages ranged from 6 months to 97 years.
During this time period, the cases comprised 6.1% (65/1059) of all autopsies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and 11.3% (65/575) of autopsies excluding fetal and neonatal examinations.
Manners of death in the cases were accidental (53.8%), natural (40.0%), suicide (4.6%), and undetermined (1.5%). The most common cause of death in natural deaths was related to heart disease (12/26 [46.2% ]). Motor vehicle collisions were the most common cause of death (15/35 [42.9% ]) in the accidental group.
The remainder of the causes of death in both the natural and accidental groups encompassed a wide variety of pathologic processes and injuries.
- Forensic autopsies in a pathology residency training program have the potential to supplement a diminishing number of hospital autopsies.
A wide variety of diseases are encountered through coroner's cases. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Autopsie, Expertise médicolégale, Médecine légale, Anatomopathologie, Enseignement, Médecine, Interne(étudiant), Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Autopsy, Medicolegal expertise, Legal medicine, Pathology, Teaching, Medicine, Resident(student), Human, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0386389
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 25/01/1999.