Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Investigations

Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Investigations

by Vittorio Fineschi, Giorgio Baroldi, Malcolm D. Silver
     
 

Addressing the pathology of the heart and cardiovascular system from a forensic perspective, Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Investigations guides the pathologist toward the effective resolution of cases. It critically reviews pertinent facts by revisiting pathologic findings and comparing them to etiopathogenic hypotheses, proposing new

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Addressing the pathology of the heart and cardiovascular system from a forensic perspective, Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Investigations guides the pathologist toward the effective resolution of cases. It critically reviews pertinent facts by revisiting pathologic findings and comparing them to etiopathogenic hypotheses, proposing new ones substantiated by previously misinterpreted or ignored facts. It also presents recent findings on pediatric pathology.

The book describes the basic functional anatomy of the heart, combining views on examination from clinical and pathological perspectives. It systematically examines patho-physiologic changes and specific heart diseases and emphasizes the benefits of communication between forensic specialists and clinicians in determining cause of death. The book also assists the forensic pathologist in the presentation and interpretation of the sequence of events in a court of law.

Containing 150 color photographs that demonstrate forensic aspects of cardiopathology, the book offers a single source of pertinent information that is essential for every forensic pathologist to have when investigating a case.

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ISBN-13:
9780849370489
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
519
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION, Giorgio Baroldi and Vittorio Fineschi

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF THE HEART, Giorgio Baroldi
Blood Vessels
Myocardium
Myocardial Interstitium

HEART'S EXAMINATION, Giorgio Baroldi and Vittorio Fineschi
Gross Examination
Tissue Sampling
Quantification of Lesions

BASIC PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC CHANGES, Giorgio Baroldi
Myocardium
Fibrillar Collagen Matrix
Extramural Coronary Arteries

SPECIFIC HEART DISEASES AND SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH, Giorgio Baroldi and Vittorio Fineschi
Coronary Heart Disease
Myocarditis
Cardiomyopathies of Unknown Nature
Orthotopic Transplanted Human Heart
Congestive Heart Failure
Sudden Death In Other Cardiac Conditions

ENDOCARDIAL LESIONS AND SUDDEN DEATH, Malcom D. Silver
Introduction
Infective Endocarditis
Valvular Or Mural Thrombotic Lesions
Myxomatous Degeneration Of Heart Valves
Rheumatic Valvular Disease
Sudden Death In Patients Bearing Heart Valve Prostheses
Other Endocardial Lesions Associated With Sudden Death
Lesions of the Tricuspid Valve
Lesions of the Pulmonary Valve
Lesions of the Mitral Valve
Periaortic Lesions

SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN, Meredith M. Silver
Introduction
Sudden Death Between Birth and One Year
Sudden Death Between One Year and Adult Life
Classification of Cardiovascular Findings Associated with
Sudden Death in Children
Sudden Death from Congenital Heart Disease
Genetic and Chromosomal Associations of Congenital Heart
Disease
Late Sudden Death After Surgical Correction
Sudden Death in Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction
Ebstein Anomaly of the Tricuspid Valve
Other Surgically Treated Congenital Heart Diseases
Eisenmenger Syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension
Pathology of the Heart in Cases of Sudden Death Associated
with Congenital Heart Disease
Sudden Death Associated with Coronary Artery Disease in
Children
Sudden Death in Diseases of Proximal Great Vessels and Heart
Valves
Sudden Death in Myocarditis and Cardiomyopathies
Sudden Death in Cardiac Tumors and Hamartomas
Sudden Death Due to Cardiac Rhythm Disorders
Sudden Death in Conduction System Disorders
Sudden Death in Atrioventricular Conduction Block and Sick
Sinus Syndrome

CARDIAC ALTERATIONS IN SUDDEN INFANT DEATH (SIDS), Thomas Bajanowski and Berndt Brinkmann
Definition
Macroscopical Findings in SID at Autopsy
Pathological Findings and Disturbances in the Heart
Conclusions

SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH AND CHANNELOPATHIES, Emanuela Turillazzi, Kathryn A. Glatter, and Margherita Neri
Introduction
The Forensic Approach
Disorders of the Ion Channel
Disorders of the Heart Muscle

INTERPRETATION OF PATHOLOGICAL CHANGES IN SUDDEN DEATH, Giorgio Baroldi
Meaning of Pathological Findings in Sudden Death
Review of Specific Conditions
Adrenergic Stress and Related Morphopathology in Cardiology
Coronary Heart Disease: Deficiences in Current Causal
Hypotheses and Proposal for New Ones
Conclusions

CLINICAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE ANATOMIC AND FUNCTIONAL EVALUATION OF THE HEART, Antonio L'Abbate
Parameters of Interest
Available Techniques
Cardiac Anatomy
Coronary Anatomy
Coronary Vascular Flow
Myocardial Perfusion
Ventricular Function
Intracardiac Flows
Myocardial Metabolism
Myocardial Tissue Typing
Electrical Alterations

CARDIOVASCULAR TRAUMATIC INJURIES, Emanuela Turillazzi and Cristoforo Pomara
Introduction
Non-Penetrating Traumas
Penetrating Thoracic Traumas
Iatrogenic Traumas

CARDIAC SURGERY AND FORENSIC MEDICINE, Alberto Repossini
Introduction
Extracorporeal Circulation
Myocardial Revascularization
Ventricular Aneurysmectomy
Valvular Surgery

DRUG OF ABUSE AND PATHOLOGY OF THE HEART, Emanuela Turillazzi and Irene Riezzo
Introduction
Cocaine
MDMA and MDEA
Narcotic Agents
Androgenic Anabolic Steroid
Cannabis and Cannabinoids

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