Deaths: Trauma, Thorax - Pathology

R. G. Menezes, S. A. Luis, M. A. Kharoshah, M. Madadin

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The thorax represents a significant percentage of the total body surface area and contains the vital heart and lungs, and other wide-ranging internal structures. As a result, the thorax is potentially subjected to a variety of trauma from mechanical forces that cause significant morbidity and mortality. A significant proportion of unnatural deaths across the globe occur as a result of trauma to the thorax, and therefore an understanding of the pathophysiology of thoracic trauma is essential to the practice of forensic pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128000557
ISBN (Print)9780128000342
StatePublished - Nov 4 2015


  • Blunt cardiovascular injury
  • Blunt-force trauma
  • Cardiac injury
  • Commotio cordis
  • Death
  • Flail chest
  • Heart
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonary injury
  • Rib fracture
  • Sharp-force trauma
  • Thorax
  • Tracheobronchial injury
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic pneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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