A Demographic Study on Cases of Drowning with Special Reference to Histopathological Changes of Lung and Other Tissues in a Tertiary Centre

Authors

  • Somnath Maity1 , Soumeek Chowdhuri2, Saikat Das, Sovan Kumar Das4 , RupamKarmakar5

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10327

Keywords:

Drowning, Forensic, Demography, Histopathology

Abstract

Introduction:Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury deaths.As drowning is a preventable

cause of mortality, our aims for the benefit of society at large is to minimize the events as far as possible.

Objective:A clear knowledge about factors which play a major role behind such incidences is important.It

has equal forensic importance as determination of cause and manner of death require thorough investigation.

Methodology: We conducted one-year study of demographic variables and the histopathological changes

in relation to lung and splenic tissues in cases of drowning deaths, in the hot and humid climatic region of

Eastern India.Results: The demographic findings were presented in graphs and charts. However, none of

the commonly known autopsy findings (histopathological) are found to be individually confirmatory of

drowning. Conclusion:Several factors inclusive of autopsy findings, biochemical examination, radiological

and molecular technique,are needed to be taken together as complementary methods to conclude drowning

as the cause of death when bodies are recovered from water.

Author Biography

Somnath Maity1 , Soumeek Chowdhuri2, Saikat Das, Sovan Kumar Das4 , RupamKarmakar5

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic and State Medicine, Midnapore Medical College, 2Tutor,Department of Forensic and State Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, 3Final Professional MBBS, Calcutta National Medical College, 4HOD,Dept. of Forensic and State Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, 5Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Burdwan Medical College

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Somnath Maity1 , Soumeek Chowdhuri2, Saikat Das, Sovan Kumar Das4 , RupamKarmakar5. (2020). A Demographic Study on Cases of Drowning with Special Reference to Histopathological Changes of Lung and Other Tissues in a Tertiary Centre. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10327