Sudden unexpected death due to strangulated inguinal hernia

Menezes, Ritesh G. and Rao, Jagadish Padubidri and *, Raghavendra Babu Y P and Naik, Ramadas and Kanchan, Tanuj and *, Subramanian Senthilkumaran and Chawla, Khushboo (2016) Sudden unexpected death due to strangulated inguinal hernia. Medico-Legal Journal, 84 (2). pp. 101-104. ISSN 00258172

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Sudden unwitnessed, unexpected deaths when the bodies are found in public places require a complete and meticulous medicolegal autopsy to ascertain the cause and manner of death to avoid further unnecessary investigations by the legal authorities. Such deaths attributed to gastrointestinal causes at autopsy are relatively uncommon. We report a case of sudden unexpected death due to strangulated inguinal hernia in a 60-year-old man. The body was discovered in a public area near a place of worship. The present case illustrates a potentially preventable sudden unexpected death due to a surgically correctable gastrointestinal condition. In the present case, the individual feared being hospitalised for treatment of his scrotal swelling with potential surgery and the eventual loss of daily income. In our opinion, such apprehensions may have delayed the potentially life-saving hospital surgical intervention in the individual.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic pathology, medicolegal autopsy, sudden unexpected death, strangulated inguinal hernia
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 15:14

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