Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 745–748 | Cite as

Pulmonary embolus as cause of death in an adolescent: demonstration on postmortem CT

  • Mary P. Harty
  • H. Theodore Harcke
  • Sharon W. Gould
  • Adrienne Sukula-Perlman
Case Report


Computed tomography (CT) is widely accepted in adult forensic death investigations (determination of cause and manner of death) but is only beginning to play a larger role in the cause of death determination in infants and children. We present a case of an adolescent with nephrotic syndrome who sustained cardiac arrest and died in the emergency department. A postmortem CT was requested by the state Office of the Medical Examiner as part of the medicolegal death investigation. Postmortem CT showed a saddle pulmonary embolus that was confirmed on conventional autopsy, demonstrating a natural manner of death.


Adolescent Autopsy Chest Computed tomography Postmortem Pulmonary embolus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical ImagingNemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Office of the Medical ExaminerWilmingtonUSA

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