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Commotio cordis - A report of three cases

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Sunter, Dr Nigel Cooper


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Commotio cordis is a recognised cause of sudden death in which an apparently minor blow to the chest causes ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. It is best known for causing death during games of youth baseball in the United States, but individual cases have been recorded as a result of a wide range of activities, principally sporting. The underlying biochemical and mechano-electric causes have been well documented. However, there are few reported cases where commotio cordis is implicated as the cause of death in homicide cases. We present three cases from the north-east of England where an assault caused death by this mechanism.

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Author(s): Hamilton SJ, Sunter JP, Cooper PN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Legal Medicine

Year: 2005

Volume: 119

Issue: 2

Pages: 88-90

ISSN (print): 0937-9827

ISSN (electronic): 1437-1596

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00414-004-0511-y


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