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Dong L.-M.,Minhang Branch of Shanghai Public Security Bureau
Journal of Forensic Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective: To investigate the characteristics and influencing factors leading to sudden cardiac death (SCD) of incarcerated prisoners. Methods: Seventy-five SCD cases of prisoners between 2000 and 2013 in Henan province were collected, and environment, psychological and physical factors were retrospectively analyzed. Combined with histopathological results, specific factors of SCD were also studied. Results: In the 75 cases, 21 cases (28%) had definite chronic past medical histories, and 75 cases (100%) had cardiovascular disease confirmed by autopsy. Conclusion: Due to presence of the potential cardiac diseases, special incarcerated environment, psychological stress, and body-restraint might be the precipitating factors in SCD of those prisoners. Copyright © 2014 by the Editorial Department of Journal of Forensic Medicine.


Zhao H.,Harbor Public Security Subbureau | Dong L.-M.,Minhang Branch of Shanghai Public Security Bureau | Sun L.-J.,Harbor Public Security Subbureau | Deng D.-Y.,Harbor Public Security Subbureau | He M.,Fudan University
Journal of Forensic Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective: To analyze the features of drowning victims with psychiatric disorders to support further investigation on such cases. Methods: One hundred and five archives of drowning victims with psychiatric disorders from January 2010 to June 2014 in Harbor Public Security Subbureau, Shanghai Public Security Bureau were reviewed. The decedents' general information, autopsy findings, case investigation data and disease histories were statistically analyzed. Results: Of the 105 cases, 104 were suicides. Most decedents were poorly educated. Most suicides occurred in warm climate, and the corpses were usually found within 2 days. Most decedents had no suicide history and notes, but had abnormal mental or behavior changes before suicide. Depression, depression status and schizophrenia were the main types of psychiatric disorders, and only 9 decedents had received regular therapies before their deaths. Conclusion: Mental disorder is a high risk factor in the drowning victims. Guardians should be aware of psychotic abnormal behaviors, especially during warm climate seasons. © 2014 by the Editorial Department of Journal of Forensic Medicine.

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