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Forensic Evaluation of Sudden Death Due to Tuberculosis

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The emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) poses a major threat to TB control efforts. We report a case of a 50-year-old man with pulmonary TB. The scene investigation had initially suspected for homicide; however, the result of medico-legal autopsy demonstrated natural cause of death. Statistical data suggest that the rates of national mortality by respiratory TB decreased in the last decades in Hungary; however, an increasing TB mortality was detected in the capital Budapest. Facing a new mortality trend in TB, the forensic scene investigation and determination of manner of death represent new challenges for practitioners.
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Keywords: forensic science; medico-legal autopsy; mortality; pulmonary tuberculosis; social risk factors; sudden death

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Medicine, Semmelweis University Budapest, Üllői út 93, 1091 Budapest, Hungary. 2: Population, Health and Welfare Statistics Department, Vital Statistics Section, Hungarian Central Statistical Office, 34 Rukoin Str., 1072 Budapest, Hungary.

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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