Unexpected custodial death due to acute epiglottitis

Unexpected custodial death due to acute epiglottitis AbstractRationale:Acute epiglottitis is a potentially life-threaten disease, which makes it more challenging to save the life for doctors. Unexpected deaths in custody are a primary cause of concern for the forensic community and doctor worldwide.Patient concerns:We present a case of a 44-year-old male detainee who was clinically suspected of dying of acute epiglottitis. The man experienced failure of resuscitation and died after admitted to a hospital.Diagnoses:The autopsy, toxicological testing, the test of immunoglobulin E and bacterial culture suggested the patient died of acute epiglottitis.Interventions:The bacterial culture was performed to imprecisely identify the cause of death.Outcomes:The bacterial culture of the patient's heart blood and nasal and throat swabs showed the presence of the pathogenic microorganism Haemophilus influenza type B.Lessons:We aim to provide a reference to the medical and forensic community and remind the local law enforcement agencies on the problems present within the correctional healthcare system through this case report. Additionally, we also aim to increase the current knowledge and understanding on custodial deaths caused by natural diseases. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medicine Wolters Kluwer Health

Unexpected custodial death due to acute epiglottitis

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Wolters Kluwer
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Copyright © 2018 the Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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0025-7974
eISSN
1536-5964
D.O.I.
10.1097/MD.0000000000009941
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AbstractRationale:Acute epiglottitis is a potentially life-threaten disease, which makes it more challenging to save the life for doctors. Unexpected deaths in custody are a primary cause of concern for the forensic community and doctor worldwide.Patient concerns:We present a case of a 44-year-old male detainee who was clinically suspected of dying of acute epiglottitis. The man experienced failure of resuscitation and died after admitted to a hospital.Diagnoses:The autopsy, toxicological testing, the test of immunoglobulin E and bacterial culture suggested the patient died of acute epiglottitis.Interventions:The bacterial culture was performed to imprecisely identify the cause of death.Outcomes:The bacterial culture of the patient's heart blood and nasal and throat swabs showed the presence of the pathogenic microorganism Haemophilus influenza type B.Lessons:We aim to provide a reference to the medical and forensic community and remind the local law enforcement agencies on the problems present within the correctional healthcare system through this case report. Additionally, we also aim to increase the current knowledge and understanding on custodial deaths caused by natural diseases.

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MedicineWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Feb 1, 2018

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