The contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/135952
Title:
The contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting.
Authors:
Cryan, J; Catháin, N O; Curtis, M; Cassidy, M; Brett, F M
Affiliation:
Department of Neuropathology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. cryanjane@hotmail.com
Citation:
The contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting., 103 (10):303-5 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Nov-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/135952
PubMed ID:
21560501
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21560501
Abstract:
Excessive drinking increases the risk of dying unnaturally. In the Republic of Ireland such deaths are referred to the State Pathologist. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is routinely measured. We created a database of cases presenting to the State Pathologist over a nine year period (2000-2008 inclusive) to evaluate the relationship between alcohol and fatal traumatic brain injuries (FTBI). Of a total of 1778 cases, 332 (275 Male [M]; 57 Female [F]) died of head injuries. Fatalities were highest in males aged 36-50 (N = 97) and 26-35 (N = 73). Assaults (N = 147), falls (N = 95), road traffic accidents (RTA) (N = 50) and suicide (N = 15) were the commonest modes of presentation. A positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was found in 36% of assaults, 41% of falls and 40% of suicides. In the RTA group BAC was positive in 59% of pedestrians, 33% of drivers and 14% of passengers. Alcohol clearly plays a significant role in FTBI in the forensic setting.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Accidental Falls; Accidents, Traffic; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Alcohol Drinking; Autopsy; Brain Injuries; Child; Child, Preschool; Ethanol; Female; Humans; Infant; Ireland; Male; Middle Aged; Suicide; Violence; Young Adult
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCryan, Jen
dc.contributor.authorCatháin, N Oen
dc.contributor.authorCurtis, Men
dc.contributor.authorCassidy, Men
dc.contributor.authorBrett, F Men
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-13T09:41:50Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-13T09:41:50Z-
dc.date.issued2010-11-
dc.identifier.citationThe contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting., 103 (10):303-5 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid21560501-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/135952-
dc.description.abstractExcessive drinking increases the risk of dying unnaturally. In the Republic of Ireland such deaths are referred to the State Pathologist. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is routinely measured. We created a database of cases presenting to the State Pathologist over a nine year period (2000-2008 inclusive) to evaluate the relationship between alcohol and fatal traumatic brain injuries (FTBI). Of a total of 1778 cases, 332 (275 Male [M]; 57 Female [F]) died of head injuries. Fatalities were highest in males aged 36-50 (N = 97) and 26-35 (N = 73). Assaults (N = 147), falls (N = 95), road traffic accidents (RTA) (N = 50) and suicide (N = 15) were the commonest modes of presentation. A positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was found in 36% of assaults, 41% of falls and 40% of suicides. In the RTA group BAC was positive in 59% of pedestrians, 33% of drivers and 14% of passengers. Alcohol clearly plays a significant role in FTBI in the forensic setting.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21560501en
dc.subject.meshAccidental Falls-
dc.subject.meshAccidents, Traffic-
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshAlcohol Drinking-
dc.subject.meshAutopsy-
dc.subject.meshBrain Injuries-
dc.subject.meshChild-
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschool-
dc.subject.meshEthanol-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInfant-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshSuicide-
dc.subject.meshViolence-
dc.subject.meshYoung Adult-
dc.titleThe contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Neuropathology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. cryanjane@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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