Pulmonary thromboembolism: A momentous event in a case of polytrauma

Case Report

Author Details : R Lalhminghlua, Manjit Nayak*, Mohammed Ziyauddin G Saiyed, Chetan Jani

Volume : 8, Issue : 3, Year : 2021

Article Page : 191-196


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Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is one of the momentous events in a case of polytrauma. In majority cases because of sudden commencement, medicolegal autopsy shows insufficient macroscopic confirmation even though thrombo-embolism is the cause of death. During a medicolegal autopsy, the autopsy surgeon, firstly need to differentiate embolus and post mortem clot by gross examination. Histopathological examination (HPE) not only helps to establish emboli but also illuminates associated systemic changes in other organs as well. Most importantly, the correlation of autopsy findings and HPE findings with the clinical events reflected in medical records helps to scientifically explain the series of events during hospitalization. The same data is also useful in better monitoring and management of polytrauma cases in the future.

Keywords: Pulmonary thromboembolism(PTE), Polytrauma, Histopathological examination (HPE).

How to cite : Lalhminghlua R, Nayak M, Saiyed M Z G, Jani C, Pulmonary thromboembolism: A momentous event in a case of polytrauma. Indian J Forensic Community Med 2021;8(3):191-196

Copyright © 2021 by author(s) and Indian J Forensic Community Med. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org)

Article History

Received : 03-06-2021

Accepted : 01-07-2021

Available online : 18-09-2021

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