Unexpected infant death due to hypoplastic left heart syndrome: A case report

Yoshie Hayashizaki, Kiyotaka Usui, Takuya Moriya, Masaki Hashiyada, Akihito Usui, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Yusuke Kawasumi, Haruo Saito, Masato Funayama

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A female infant was found unresponsive at home. The mother alleged that she delivered the baby at home 13. days prior to the death. The mother did not have any prenatal examinations during the pregnancy and the infant was not examined by a doctor until death. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and the infant's chest showed bilateral breast enlargement. Forensic pathologists may encounter very rare pathological findings with unexpected infant deaths. Some, like HLHS, are serious congenital heart defects related to the cause of death, and others are unique phenomena unrelated to the cause of death such as breast swelling and discharge called " witch's milk." In this case, we observed both findings.

ジャーナルLegal Medicine
出版ステータスPublished - 2011 11月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 病理学および法医学
  • 諸問題の倫理的、法的側面


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