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Pathology of the Heart and Sudden Death in Forensic Medicine

1st Edition

By Vittorio Fineschi, Giorgio Baroldi, Malcolm D. Silver

CRC Press

519 pages | 180 Color Illus.

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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.

Reviews

"Fineschi, Baroldi, and Silver filled up a gap in the forensic literature with this book…it can be recommended without reserve as a reference work especially for forensic pathologists."

—T. Fracasso in International Journal of Legal Medicine

“This book gives a profound insight into a multitude of cardiopathological aspects not only from a forensic perspective but also an overall perspective of death investigation. It is of practical relevance for all those involved in post mortem examinations and it may be of special interest to clinicians with a focus on cardiology.”

—Judith Schröer, Specialist in Forensic Medicine, Germany

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

APPENDIX

REFERENCES

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
MED010000
MEDICAL / Cardiology