An autopsy case of sudden unexplained death caused by malaria

Ritesh G. Menezes, Tanuj Kanchan, Sharada Rai, P. P. Jagadish Rao, Ramadas Naik, B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Stany W. Lobo, Aman Chauhan, Mahabalesh Shetty, Alka Mary Mathai

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Abstract

Sudden unexplained deaths, especially those unwitnessed can lead to forensic issues and would necessitate the need for a meticulous and complete postmortem examination including ancillary investigations to discover the cause of death. We herein report a case of sudden unexplained death caused by malaria in an apparently healthy individual. This fatal case is presented to remind the forensic pathologist of the possibility of malaria as a cause of sudden unexplained death in malaria-endemic regions. In the present case, histopathological examination demonstrated the presence of parasitized red blood cells with malarial pigment in the blood capillaries in the brain, myocardium, pericardium, lungs, kidneys, liver, and the spleen. Cerebral malaria with acute renal insufficiency or pulmonary edema with an acute respiratory distress syndrome might have been the cause of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-838
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2010

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Sudden Death
Malaria
Autopsy
Cause of Death
Cerebral Malaria
Pericardium
Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Pulmonary Edema
Acute Kidney Injury
Myocardium
Spleen
Erythrocytes
Kidney
Lung
Liver
Brain

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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Menezes, Ritesh G. ; Kanchan, Tanuj ; Rai, Sharada ; Jagadish Rao, P. P. ; Naik, Ramadas ; Suresh Kumar Shetty, B. ; Lobo, Stany W. ; Chauhan, Aman ; Shetty, Mahabalesh ; Mathai, Alka Mary. / An autopsy case of sudden unexplained death caused by malaria. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2010 ; Vol. 55, No. 3. pp. 835-838.
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In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 55, No. 3, 01.05.2010, p. 835-838.

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