Table 1

Characteristics of study groups
All cases Rapidly fatal cases Presumed cases Non-rapidly fatal cases Unknown cause cases
Sample size 82 26 17 35 4
Man/Woman 52/30 18/8 11/6 21/14 2/2
Age groups
≤ 19 years 14 6 4 3 1
20-39 years 17 2 7 7 1
40-59 years 18 8 2 8 0
60-79 years 28 10 4 13 1
80 years ≤ 5 0 0 4 1
Mean age ± SD 47 ± 25 46 ± 24 36 ± 24 53 ± 25 47 ± 39
Median PMI (hr) 41.0 35.5 30.0 47.0 35.5
Causes of death
Traumas 18 9 3 6 -
Circulatory diseases 15 6 9 0 -
Other internal diseases 14 1 3 10 -
Hypo-, Hyperthermia 14 1 0 13 -
Drowning & Asphyxia 11 9 2 0 -
Intoxication 6 0 0 6 -
Unknown 4 - - - -

SD, indicates standard deviation; PMI, postmortem interval.

Kotani et al.

Kotani et al. Diagnostic Pathology 2012 7:182   doi:10.1186/1746-1596-7-182

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