A case report of postmortem radiography of acute, fatal abdominal distension after binge eating

Akihito Usui, Yusuke Kawasumi, Yuya Ishizuka, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Tomoya Ikeda, Haruo Saito, Masato Funayama

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Abstract

This case report describes a woman who developed fatal gastric dilatation after binge eating. She called an ambulance because of stomach pain. When she arrived at the hospital, she did not look seriously ill. However, she rapidly became unconscious and collapsed immediately after she was laid on the examination table in a supine position. Postmortem chest x-ray and computed tomography showed right shift of the mediastinum and raised left diaphragm caused by massive gastric distension. Computed tomography showed no visible inferior vena cava. We think that her sudden deterioration was caused by movement of her stomach contents. Radiographic images provided some clues to the cause of her rapid collapse and death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Gastric dilatation
  • Postmortem radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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