Adult autopsy case with marked myositis ossificans: Association with repetitive physical assault and battery

Shirushi Takahashi, Jun Kanetake, Yoshimasa Kanawaku, Masato Funayama

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Abstract

A man in his thirties was found dead in his room. The autopsy findings were as follows: multiple bruises and subdermal edema, small sized stab wounds, a number of skin scars, new and old rib fractures, mild liver contusion, and marked myositis ossificans traumatica (MOT) at both thighs. In particular, the MOT was closely associated with repetitive physical assault and battery. The deceased did not have any lethal injuries of internal organs or great vessels, and the cause of death was diagnosed as traumatic hypovolemic shock. The deceased seemed to have accepted as fate his "specific situation" in which he would be subjected to continued physical violence from his cohabiter, a woman in her thirties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-276
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Myositis ossificans traumatica (MOT)
  • Physical abuse
  • Soft tissue injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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