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A False-positive Diatom Test in a Non-drowned Victim of Multiple Stab Wounds

Ha H, Sim YT

For the diagnosis of drowning in immersed bodies, the diatom test has been controversial due to false-negative and false-positive results. Causes of false positive results include antemortem penetration of diatoms,...
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Needles in the Lungs: An Autopsy Case of Pulmonary Ossification in a Putrefied Body

Park YI, Heo JH, Ko YS, Song HS, Ham SH, Na JY

Forensic autopsy is performed to investigate a death. However, this is difficult in some cases, particularly in putrefied bodies. Pulmonary ossification is a rare pathological process, characterized by progressive and...
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Congenital Complete Left-Sided Absence of the Pericardium Incidentally Identified in the Autopsy: A Case Report

Choi J, Kim Y, Kang TM, Wang AR, Ko KS, Park SH

Congenital absence of the pericardium, also known as pericardial agenesis, is an extremely rare anomaly. Although most cases are asymptomatic, some experience chest pain, dyspnea, dizziness, and syncope. A few...
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An Autopsy Confirmed Case of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with TDP Pathology

Je YR, Kim SY, Sung JJ, Lee MJ, Jung NY, Lee JH, Shin JH, Lee YM, Yoon JA, Park K, Ko J, Lee JM, Hwang C, Ahn JW, Sung S, Choi KU, Huh GY, Kim EJ

The phosphorylated 43-kDa transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) was identified as a major disease protein in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. We present a case with...
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Diagnosed through a Forensic Autopsy: A Case Report

Park JP, Kim K

Despite the high mortality rate associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), no clinical autopsy has been reported among the deceased during the pandemic by the Korean quarantine authorities. Notably, since...
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Gua Sha, An Asian Traditional Therapy That Could Mimic Physical Injury

Kim YS, Lee SJ, Kim SA, Lee KY, Oh SP, Kweon BS, Kwon YN, Park SH, Choi J

Gua Sha is a traditional Asian medicine with different names in many Asian countries. It is a treatment to scrape the petechiae of the skin with ointment. It has generally...
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Pathological Features of COVID-19 Pneumonia Diagnosed Following an Autopsy

Koo HL, Kwon HJ, Lee WT

After initial emergence at the end of 2019, coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) rapidly spread to become a pandemic. The causative agent is recognized as a novel coronavirus, named as severe...
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Therapy-Related Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosed at Postmortem in a Long-term Survivor of Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Lee KR, Paik JH, Lee SD, Kim MY

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a common hematologic malignancy with high mortality and a short survival period in adults. About 10% of these cases, called therapy-related AML, are reported to...
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Sudden Cardiac Death Caused by a Septic Coronary Artery Embolism as the First Clinical Presentation of Infective Endocarditis

Kim E, Baek T, Lee S, Kim HN

This report describes an uncommon and fatal case of myocardial infarction due to coronary embolus arising from vegetation in the aortic valve with a background of infective endocarditis (IE). There...
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A Statistical Analysis of Forensic Autopsies Performed in the Jungbu Province of Korea in 2020

Kim JH, Kim D, Kim T, Na J, Park MJ, Park JH, Lee Nw, Yi H, Hyun J, Kim M

We analyzed the manner and cause of death in 945 forensic autopsies from the Jungbu province (Central part of South Korea) conducted by the National Forensic Service Daejeon institute in...
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Sudden cardiac death as a naturally-occurring ventricular hypertrophy in Macaca fascicularis

Yeo HG, Park J, Kim HK, Lee JM, Koo BS, An JH, Jeon CY, An YJ, Choi WS, Park SH, Seo J, Won J, Kim K, Cho J, Kim YG, Kim M, Seong JB, Huh JW, Kim SS, Lee Y, Lim KS

Naturally occurring left ventricular hyperplasia is a rare but lethal disease. There are very few reports of this cardiac disease in captive nonhuman primates. In a colony of Macaca mulatta...
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Two cases of non-fluent variant primary progressive aphasia with different pathological diagnoses

Hwangbo S, Hwang S, Suh MK, Kim SJ, Kim Y, Kim HJ, Na DL, Seo SW, Suh YL

Non-fluent variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA), a subtype of frontotemporal lobar dementia syndrome, has been proven to have various pathological diagnoses. A 63-year-old woman and 71-year-old man separately visited our...
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Neonatal Sudden Death Due to Histiocytoid Cardiomyopathy

Ha H, Koo HL

Histiocytoid cardiomyopathy, an extremely rare heart disease in infants and children, usually occurring in girls under the age of 2 years, is characterized by cardiomegaly, ventricular arrhythmia, and sudden death....
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Postmortem Findings in Two Cases of Chronic Methamphetamine Abuse

Park S, Choi BH

We present two cases of death associated with chronic methamphetamine abuse. Several findings were observed in chronic methamphetamine abuse; pathologic changes in the heart and coronary artery, pulmonary embolism by...
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New Death Investigation System in Japan

Huh GY

Since after World War II, the death investigation system in Japan has been a dual system; with or without medical examiners. In areas without medical examiners, death investigation focused...
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Disseminated Postnatal Cytomegalovirus Infection in a Preterm Neonate: Autopsy Case Report

Kim KY, Kim EK, Park SH, Kim YJ, Shin SH, Kim HS

Treatment guidelines for postnatal cytomegalovirus (pCMV) infection in preterm have not been established yet. Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, hepatitis, colitis, and sepsis-like disease are among the clinical manifestations, which range from moderate...
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Evaluation of the Usefulness of Cardiac Marker Analysis for Postmortem Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Park JP, Choi M, Yang Km, Lee K, Kim JH, Kim M, Yu M, Yang HW

Acute myocardial infarction is one of the main causes of unusual death. However, diagnosing acute myocardial infarction based on post-mortem examination may be difficult; notably, it cannot be diagnosed based...
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Concern about the Diagnosis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Current Death Investigation System

Kim MY, Lee SD

Because their contents would be utilized in many parts of society, medical diagnosis should be accurate and veracious especially for dead body. Autopsy records are one of the representative form...
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Psychological Autopsy of Suicide Victims between Interview Methods through Their Family Members versus Review of Their Police Investigation Records

Choi JH, Lee GS, Yoo HL, Seo JS, Kim EJ, Jeon HJ

Objectives This study compared the psychological autopsies of suicide victims through interviews of the bereaved family members and investigations of the police death records. Methods A psychological autopsy was performed using...
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A Multifactorial Interpretation of a Teenager’s Suicide: Based on Krystal’s Death in Casual Vacancy

Bahn GH, Park JS

Objectives: It is hard to accumulate research data on adolescents’ suicide, because friends and family of the suicide completers might be reluctant to share the experience. To overcome the lack...
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