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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a jeweler following a hold-up: forensic considerations.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Publication types: Case Reports ; Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
The authors present a case of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) following physical assault. In France, public prosecutor orders a medicolegal assessment after an assault for all living victims. Medicolegal assessment aims to establish a causal relation between an aggression and the injury sustained. An 80-year-old jeweler was the victim of assault, restraint and confinement during the hold-up of his jewelry store. After the event, he experienced constrictive chest pain with a sensation of oppression. Transthoracic echography showed apical and middle wall akinesis with apical ballooning pattern. In this case, the experts reasonably accepted that there was a direct, certain, and exclusive causal relation between the aggression and the cardiomyopathy. Forensic specialists should be aware of TTC because it is a frequent complication of stress situations and its incidence in forensic cases is probably underestimated.
Aged, 80 and over, Chest Pain/etiology, Creatine Kinase, MB Form/blood, Crime Victims/psychology, Echocardiography, Electrocardiography, Humans, Male, Stress, Psychological/complications, Stroke Volume, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy/diagnosis, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy/etiology, Troponin I/blood
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