mechanism of death

mechanism of death

The process that causes one or more vital organs or organ systems to fail when a fatal disease, injury, abnormality or chemical insult occurs; it is the functional (physiologic) or structural change that makes independent life no longer possible after a lethal event has occurred.
 
Examples
Haemorrhage, hypovolemic shock, acidosis, alkalosis, asystole, ventricular fibrillation, respiratory depression and paralysis, cardiac tamponade, sepsis with profound bacterial toxaemia, etc; MODs are divided into terminal events and nonspecific physiological (functional) derangements.

mechanism of death

Forensic medicine '…the process that causes one or more vital organs or organ systems to fail when a fatal disease, injury, abnormality, or chemical insult occurs; it is the functional–physiologic or structural change that makes independent life no longer possible after a lethal event has occurred Examples Hemorrhage, hypovolemic shock, acidosis, alkalosis, asystole, V fib, respiratory depression and paralysis, cardiac tamponade, sepsis with profound bacterial toxemia, etc; MODs are divided into terminal events and nonspecific physiological–functional derangements. Cf Immediate cause of death, Underlying cause of death.
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[1] In suicidal hanging factors like placement of knot, type of ligature material, height of suspension will influence the mechanism of death. [2] Hanging can be partial hanging (The body remains in contact with the ground) or complete hanging (The body will not come in contact with the ground).
During this period, the proportion of IRDs increased approximately 200%, from 8.9% to 26.3%; the percentage with drug intoxication reported as the mechanism of death also increased approximately 200%, from 4.3% to 13.4%; and the proportion of these donors with reported injection drug use (IDU) increased approximately 500%, from 1.3% to 8.0%.
'The mechanism of death from traumatic soft tissue injuries (in this case swollen arms with hematomas based on autopsy and with history of hazing), will cause rhabdomyolysis (skeletal breakdown) resulting [in] electrolyte imbalance and acute kidney injury,' Dr.
So, the mechanism of death was mechanical asphyxia due to massive blood aspiration and the manner of death was determined as suicide.
In many SUDEP cases, postictal respiratory arrest or terminal cardiac arrhythmias are believed to be the mechanism of death (3,8).
In the study of antioxidant, cytotoxic, and toxic activities of ethanol extracts of propolis (EEPs) obtained from the Brazilian stingless bees Scaptotrigona depilis (EEP-S) and Melipona quadrifasciata anthidioides (EEP-M), they indicated the cytotoxic activity of EEPs against erythroleukemic cells and necrosis as the main mechanism of death observed.
"The cause of death was multiple injuries consistent with the mechanism of death," Mr Harrison said.
Collected data included the demographic details (age and gender), time and place of injury, anatomical location and characteristics of the wound (including organ and/or vasculature injured), medical care received, cause of death, manner of death, mechanism of death and alcohol concentration in the blood.
Acute heart failure (AHF) is a common mechanism of death in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Medical experts will be giving evidence concerning cause of death, mechanism of death the times of death.
The untreated Meigs' syndrome is fatal, and the common mechanism of death is lung collapse due to the large amount of pleural effusion.
From a functional (pathophysiologic) perspective, respiratory failure could be regarded the immediate cause of death (or mechanism of death) in 38 cases.