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Arch Kriminol. 1999 Mar-Apr;203(3-4):108-16.

[Differential diagnostic aspects of forensically relevant findings in the brain stem].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Hamburg.


Because of the extreme dense accumulation of vital structures (compared with other regions of the central nervous system), in the brainstem even small lesions may cause serious clinical symptoms. Judging the forensic relevance of macroscopically visible lesions requires the knowledge of the respective possible diagnosis. As shown in three case reports (67 years, teleangiectasis; 35 years, cavernoma; 49 years, secondary hemorrhage following trauma) this demands apart from the knowledge of the normal and pathological anatomy of the brainstem always the use of histological methods.

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