alexa Validity of Pathologic Comment with Macroscopic and Microscopic Findings of Infant Lung Regarding Live or Still Birth
ISSN: 2157-7145

Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

Validity of Pathologic Comment with Macroscopic and Microscopic Findings of Infant Lung Regarding Live or Still Birth

Nursen Turan1*, Isil Pakis2, Riza Yilmaz3 and Elif Gunce4

1Assistant Professor, Karadeniz Technical University, Medical Faculty, Forensic Medicine Department, Trabzon, Turkey

2Assistant Professor, Acibadem University, Medical Faculty, Forensic Medicine Department, Istanbul, Turkey

3Assistant Professor, Karaelmas University, Medical Faculty, Forensic Medicine Department, Zonguldak, Turkey

4Specialist of Forensic Sciences, The Council of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Nursen Turan
Assistant Professor
Karadeniz Technical University
Medical Faculty
Forensic Medicine Department
Trabzon, Turkey
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Received Date: February 15, 2012; Accepted Date: February 28, 2012; Published Date: March 01, 2012

Citation: Turan N, Pakis I, Yilmaz R, Gunce E (2012) Validity of Pathologic Comment with Macroscopic and Microscopic Findings of Infant Lung Regarding Live or Still Birth. J Forensic Res S2:008. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.S2-008

Copyright: © 2012 Turan N, 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.



Objective: In the case of a newly born infant, either stillborn or found dead, the state of the lungs is of particular forensic interest. The aim of this study was to determine whether lungs are adequate for pathological comment about stillbirth or live birth of infant.

Material and Methods: In order to evaluate the relevance of totally 171 autopsy reports of infants, macroscopic and microscopic findings, and body measures at autopsy, microscopic investigations on the degree of alveolar expansion performed on the lung specimens, were obtained.

Results: The lung filled the thoracic cavity and covered the anterior surface of the heart in 45 (26.37%) cases and didn’t fill the thoracic cavity and presented at the back side of the thoracic cavity in 56 (32.7%) of the cases. In total 40 histological sections, 19 (47.5%) uniform, 10 (25%) semi-collapsed, 11 (27.5%) collapsed alveoli sections in shape, 11 ( 28.2 %) amnion aspiration, 9 (23.1%) mild amnion aspiration, 9 (23.1%) moderate amnion aspiration, 10 (25.6%) evident amnion aspiration, 22 (57.9%) pulmonary emphysema were determined.

Conclusion: Macroscopical findings of infant lungs with combination of histological findings were more formative than their histological findings alone in the assesment of still or live birth of an infant.

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