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J Forensic Leg Med. 2018 Nov;60:25-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2018.09.003. Epub 2018 Sep 7.

Violent deaths of pregnant women in Egyptian governorates of Cairo and Giza.

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1
Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: dr_nadiakotb@yahoo.com.
2
Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Saudi Arabia; Faculty of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint-Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: samahibraheem@yahoo.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pregnancy-associated deaths are a widely recognized phenomenon, that warrants in-depth investigation. Of the 319 suspicious deaths of adult women (>20 years) autopsied during 2011-2012, in the Cairo and Giza governorates, 37 (11.7%) women were pregnant at the time of the autopsy. This paper analyzes the corresponding demographic data, autopsy findings, and toxicological screening.

THE RESULTS:

Reveal that the number of deaths of pregnant women were higher in 2012 than in 2011. In addition, the number of cases from Giza exceeded those from Cairo (62.2% and 37.8%, respectively). Most cases involved married women (62.2%) in the third trimester of pregnancy (67.5%). Most deaths were predominantly un-intentional (51.4%) attributed to peri-partum complications. Homicidal deaths contributed to 43% of cases, and the husband was the suspect perpetrator in 37.5% of cases. Only two cases were associated with substance abuse.

CONCLUSION:

the paper concludes that this analysis may inform future strategies to protect pregnant women from the hazards of violence and labor that threaten their lives.

KEYWORDS:

Deaths; Egypt; Forensic medicine; Pregnant women; Violence

PMID:
30223232
DOI:
10.1016/j.jflm.2018.09.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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