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NCJ Number: NCJ 242064     Find in a Library
Title: Association Between Body Mass Index and Pulmonary Thromboembolism in an Autopsy Population
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1336 to 1338
Author(s): Hannah E. Rosenfeld ; Michael Tsokos, M.D. ; Roger W. Byard, M.D.
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To evaluate the association between obesity and pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in a forensic context, 160 autopsy cases of fatal PTE were compared with age- and gender-matched controls.
Abstract: To evaluate the association between obesity and pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in a forensic context, 160 autopsy cases of fatal PTE were compared with age- and gender-matched controls. The mean age of cases was 66 years (range 26–98 years; M/F 74:86). The mean body mass index (BMI) of cases with PTE was 30.88 (range 14.95–79.51), which was significantly higher than in the controls (mean BMI = 25.33; range 12.49–61.84) (p less than 0.0001). Comparing the group with PTE with controls showed that 5 (3.1 percent) compared to 20 (12.5 percent) were underweight, 39 (24.4 percent) compared to 67 (41.88 percent) were of normal weight, 49 (30.63 percent) compared to 43 (26.88 percent) were overweight, 43 (26.88 percent) compared to 24 (15 percent) were obese, and 24 (15.0 percent) compared to 6 (3.75 percent) were morbidly obese. In each category of above-normal BMIs, there were significantly greater numbers in the groups with PTE: overweight (p less than 0.01), obese (p less than 0.001), and morbidly obese (p less than 0.0001). Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Autopsy ; Medical research ; Death investigations ; New Zealand ; Australia ; United States of America
   
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