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Article Number - 0961EBC2847


Vol.3(2), pp. 12 - 16 , December 2012
DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM10.009
ISSN: 2141-2405



Full Length Research Paper

Fatal meat aspiration: A report of three cases and review of the literature


M. Ben Dhiab*, M. Jdidi, N. Ben Mansour and M. K. Souguir




Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.


Email: mbdhiab@yahoo.fr






 Accepted: 09 November 2012  Published: 31 December 2012

Copyright © 2012 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Acute respiratory obstruction can cause sudden death, but usually the cause is obvious. The one situation that stands out in this area has been called the "cafe coronary". In adults, cafe coronary deaths occur in individuals who are either clinically inebriated or have clinically significant neuro-muscular dysfunction. In this report, we will present the sudden unexpected death of three adults that were first thought to be due to coronary heart disease, but however autopsy findings revealed-larynx obstruction by meat. The mechanism of death was complete airway obstruction resulting in asphyxiation due to the meat being glued to the larynx. In the three cases, the victims died during or a short time after a meal. The main factors contributing to cafe coronary death are occluding material such as meat, excessive intake of alcohol as well as poor fitness.

 

Key words: Asphyxia, aspiration, meat, clinically, cafe coronary.

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APA (2012). Fatal meat aspiration: A report of three cases and review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine, 3(2), 12 - 16.
Chicago M. Ben Dhiab, M. Jdidi, N. Ben Mansour and M. K. Souguir. "Fatal meat aspiration: A report of three cases and review of the literature." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 3, no. 2 (2012): 12 - 16.
MLA M. Ben Dhiab, et al. "Fatal meat aspiration: A report of three cases and review of the literature." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 3.2 (2012): 12 - 16.
   
DOI 10.5897/JCPFM10.009
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JCPFM/article-abstract/0961EBC2847

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