Presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 16–21, 2009 in Denver, CO.
CASE REPORT PATHOLOGY/BIOLOGY
Craniocerebral Trauma Inflicted by Television Falls†
Article first published online: 6 APR 2011
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 1049–1053, July 2011
How to Cite
Deisch, J., Quinton, R. and Gruszecki, A. C. (2011), Craniocerebral Trauma Inflicted by Television Falls. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: 1049–1053. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01765.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2011
- Received 26 April 2010; and in revised form 30 June 2010; accepted 11 July 2010.
- forensic science;
- craniocerebral trauma;
- manner of death;
- inflicted trauma;
Abstract: Accidents and inflicted trauma account for 33% and 5–8% of childhood deaths, respectively. Injuries secondary to falling televisions have been reported in the clinical literature. However, descriptions of such injuries at autopsy are limited. The severity and patterns of injury may mimic those considered ‘‘typical’’ of inflicted trauma. Thus, integration of data from clinical, scene investigation, and autopsy is necessary for determination of the cause and manner of death. We present autopsy findings from two cases which illustrate injuries sustained from falling televisions. Findings common to both cases include subscalpular hemorrhages, skull fractures, subdural hemorrhages, brain injuries, and optic nerve sheath hemorrhages. The first case showed postsurgical changes secondary to evacuation of a posterior fossa hematoma; three-dimensional reconstruction of the admission computed tomography scan demonstrated the extent of the preintervention skull fractures. In addition, the second case showed a right epidural hematoma. Only case two showed retinal hemorrhage.