Massive Pulmonary Embolism as a Rare Cause of Sudden Infant Death: Medico-legal Implications
Received Date: Oct 23, 2017 / Accepted Date: Nov 30, 2017 / Published Date: Dec 07, 2017
Sudden death in infants by pulmonary embolism is rarely reported and is often poorly described in literature.
We report the case of an eight-month infant, without past medical history who was admitted into the Emergency Department of a Peripheral Health Center for dyspnea. The diagnosis of bronchopneumopathy was retained. Few hours later, he presented an exacerbation of dyspnea and a marked cyanosis soon followed by death. The autopsy revealed large, obstructive and adherent emboli were found extending into both pulmonary arteries and an associated supportive bronchopneumopathy.
The aim of this reported case is to highlight how much diagnosis of pulmonary embolism can be misleading especially in infant without any risk factor. We discuss also the doctor’s responsibility.
Citation: Sahnoun M, Jedidi M, Gorgi M, Guerfala M, Masmoudi T, et al. (2017) Massive Pulmonary Embolism as a Rare Cause of Sudden Infant Death: Medico-legal Implications. Neonat Pediatr Med 3: 143. Doi: 10.4172/2572-4983.1000143
Copyright: © 2017 Sahnoun M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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