A study of respiratory system related causes of sudden death

Rastogi, Prateek and Acharya , Jenash (2013) A study of respiratory system related causes of sudden death. Indian Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 11 (4). pp. 87-89.

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Abstract

Sudden death due to respiratory illness is one of the leading causes of sudden and natural deaths all over the world, the frequency is however more in developing and underdeveloped countries. A retrospective study was conducted at our centre in Kasturba Medical college, Mangalore in cases which came with the history of sudden death with the aim to study respiratory system related causes of sudden death. The cases with gross positive findings in lungs were taken as samples for study Out of 2515 autopsies conducted during the study period 274(10.89%) were of sudden death, of which 81 (29.56%) were due to respiratory system related diseases. Respiratory causes of deaths were seen mostly in age group of 40-49years (25.9%) and those above 60 years of age (25.9%). Male comprised (88.88%) of death related to respiratory causes. Various forms of respiratory illness causing death were pulmonary tuberculosis (43.2%), pneumonia (28.39%) pulmonary tuberculosis with pneumonia (4.93%), and upper respiratory tract diseases in association with other extra-pulmonary causes (23.45%). This study emphasizes need to create awareness among people about respiratory health and regular medical checkup.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sudden death; respiratory system; Indian population
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 05:24
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 05:24
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139088

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