Kévin Mahé1*, Julien Cappy1, Robert Carlier1, Jean-Claude Alvarez2 and Geoffroy Lorin de la Grandmaison1
1Raymond Poincare University Hospital, Garches, France 2Department of Pharmacology-Toxicology, University Hospital Group APHP, FranceFulltext PDF
The judgment of “sudden death” or “non-sudden death” is important in forensic diagnosis. Although Postmortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) is widely used to determine the course of death, the judgment of the origin of the bone lesions between burns or trauma is fundamental. Here, we present a case of a “light vehicle vs. light vehicle” road accident, complicated by a nearimmediate combustion of the vehicle and the imprisonment of the victim. Both PMCT interpretation and autopsy concluded that the death was consistent, resulting from burn injuries and possible smoke poisoning. We then propose to review the diagnostic bone characteristics specific to thermal injuries. The distinction between these lesions of different origin is especially important in cases of suspected third-party death, where it becomes essential to recognize thermal lesions in order to distinguish them from lesions of other origin.
Postmortem computed tomography; Autopsy; Burn lesions; Diagnosis
Kévin M, Cappy J, Carlier R, Alvarez J-C, de la Grandmaison GL. Distinctions between Peri and Postmortem Bone Lesions on a Burnt Body in the Aftermath of a Road Accident. Clin Case Rep Int. 2021; 5: 1240.