Retrospective study on the comparison of out-of-hospital and in-hospital sudden cardiovascular death: An italian experience

Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Alexandra Giorlandino, Francesca Indorato, Angela Pucci, Angela Pucci, Giovanni Bartoloni, Francesca Indorato

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Abstract

A retrospective study of forensic autopsies was carried out in the time interval January 2007 to December 2012 at the Forensic Pathology Service, Catania, south Italy, with a reference population of 3 000 000 inhabitants. During the study period, 1346 forensic autopsies were performed, including 223 (16.57%) sudden/unexpected deaths. Among the latter, 116 fulfilled the criteria of out-of-hospital (Group A) and 107 were in-hospital (Group B) sudden/unexpected deaths with suspected medical malpractice and/or a professional liability claim. In Group A, coronary artery disease was the most common cause of death (N=67; 57.65 %), followed by cardiomyopathies (N=19, 16.38%) and myocarditis (N= 6; 17%). In Group B, coronary artery disease (N=32, 29.91%), post-procedural or post-surgical complications (N=30, 28.04%), pulmonary thromboembolism (N= 17; 15.89%) and aortic dissection (N=7, 6.54%) were the main causes of death.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)173-186
Numero di pagine14
RivistaEuroMediterranean Biomedical Journal
Volume10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

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