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  • J Forensic Med 2018, Vol 3(2): 126
  • DOI: 10.4172/2472-1026.1000126

Sudden Unexpected Death by Myocardial Infarction Simulating Drowning: A Case Report

Enow Orock GE1*, Njouendou JA1 and Obenson K2
1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon
2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
*Corresponding Author : Enow Orock GE, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon, Tel: 237-67771 6045, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Nov 13, 2018 / Accepted Date: Nov 20, 2018 / Published Date: Nov 27, 2018

Abstract

We report the case of a middle-aged male working on board a ship. His body was found floating in the river, near shoreline, by security officials. A postmortem on the decomposed body revealed a recent myocardial infarction. Comorbid conditions included coronary atheromatous disease and long term tobacco smoking. Not all bodies found dead in water are likely to have drowned. This case demonstrates the importance of a thorough forensic investigation, particularly in histological terms, in subjects found dead in water, in order to ascertain the real cause of death, which may not be always assigned to asphyxia by drowning.

Keywords: Death; Drowning; Autopsy; Myocardial Infarction

Citation: Enow Orock GE, Njouendou JA, Obenson K (2018) Sudden Unexpected Death by Myocardial Infarction Simulating Drowning: A Case Report. J Forensic Med 3: 126. Doi: 10.4172/2472-1026.1000126

Copyright: © 2018 Enow Orock GE, 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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