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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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VIRGILI JIMENEZ, Daisy; LEAL RIVERO, Yadira  and  FERRER MARRERO, Daisy. Hemorragia subendocárdica en fallecidos debido a accidentes de tránsito. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 1998, vol.15, n.1-2, pp.70-72. ISSN 2215-5287.

On a check up of 13 autopsies done in the Medico Legal Institute on violent death cases, specially  those related with traffic accidents, it shown that 5 autopsies presented zones of subendocardic hemorrhage on the left ventricule. The result of this studies is compatible with the hypothesis on the existence of secundary cardiac injuries, measure by hipersecretion of "catecolamines", as it was described in the literature as a response to a damage in the central nervous system and shock The discoveries were studied by the authors from a macroscopic point of view, and the observation was done in groups, wich gives credit to the diagnosis. In each case it was investigated the degree of alcoholism the blood, the space between the accident that cause the death and the death, and the traumatic injuries among others.

Keywords : subendocardic hemorrhage; violent death; traffic accidents; head injury; shock.

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