Sudden unexpected death due to strangulated inguinal hernia

Ritesh G. Menezes, Jagadish Rao Padubidri, Y. P. Raghavendra Babu, Ramadas Naik, Tanuj Kanchan, Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Khushboo Chawla

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Sudden unwitnessed, unexpected deaths when the bodies are found in public places require a complete and meticulous medicolegal autopsy to ascertain the cause and manner of death to avoid further unnecessary investigations by the legal authorities. Such deaths attributed to gastrointestinal causes at autopsy are relatively uncommon. We report a case of sudden unexpected death due to strangulated inguinal hernia in a 60-year-old man. The body was discovered in a public area near a place of worship. The present case illustrates a potentially preventable sudden unexpected death due to a surgically correctable gastrointestinal condition. In the present case, the individual feared being hospitalised for treatment of his scrotal swelling with potential surgery and the eventual loss of daily income. In our opinion, such apprehensions may have delayed the potentially life-saving hospital surgical intervention in the individual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalThe Medico-legal journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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