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Z Rechtsmed. 1990;103(3):227-30.

[A heat gelatinized subdural hematoma in a burned cadaver as an indication of a vital accident].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität-Gesamthochschule Essen, Bundesrepublik Deutschland.


The autopsy of a carbonized male cadaver revealed a subdural hematoma which permitted by absence of soot aspiration and carbon monoxid intoxication to think of a crime with following fire setting. This was confirmed later by detective investigations. The most impressive finding of this case was a heat-gelatinized subdural hematoma highly resembling to a postmortem epidural burn hematoma, which could easily lead to an error conclusion. The problems in the diagnosis of the causes of death in carbonized bodies are discussed and the taking into account of crimes is accentuated.

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