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Ruptured pseudo-aneurysm of a femoral artery in a drug abuser revealed by post-mortem CT angiography

Published inInternational Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 127, no. 4, p. 819-823
Publication date2013

A 35-year-old drug addict was found dead in a public toilet with a ruptured groin, which was later diagnosed to be a leaking pseudo-aneurysm. Investigation at the scene revealed impressive external hemorrhage related to a groin wound. Post-mortem computed tomography angiography demonstrated an aneurysm of the right femoral artery with leak of contrast liquid. Signs of blood loss were evident at autopsy, and histological examination revealed necrosis and rupture of the pseudo-aneurysm. Toxicological analyses were positive for methadone, cocaine, citalopram, and benzodiazepines. This is the first case report in the literature of a ruptured femoral pseudo-aneurysm with a post-mortem radiological diagnosis.

  • Adult
  • Aneurysm, False/diagnostic imaging/pathology
  • Female
  • Femoral Artery/diagnostic imaging/injuries/pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Groin
  • Hemorrhage/etiology
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Rupture/diagnostic imaging/pathology
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous/complications
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Citation (ISO format)
MICHAUD, Katarzyna et al. Ruptured pseudo-aneurysm of a femoral artery in a drug abuser revealed by post-mortem CT angiography. In: International Journal of Legal Medicine, 2013, vol. 127, n° 4, p. 819–823. doi: 10.1007/s00414-012-0803-6
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ISSN of the journal0937-9827

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