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Table 2 Overview of group II patients presenting superior results in autopsy (detailed cause of death found in autopsy is marked bold)

From: Analysis of death in major trauma: value of prompt post mortem computed tomography (pmCT) in comparison to office hour autopsy

ID Cause of death - autopsy Cause of death - pmCT Region of death causing injury
2 Distal thoracic aortic rupture, Rupture of bronchus/azygos vein pleural effusion/hematothorax = signs of bleed to death chest
3 Multiple trauma/inner bleed to death rupture iliac artery/inner organs, open pericardium lung contusions, pneumthorax with pleural effusion fractured pelvis, retroperitoneal hematoma brain edema with incarceration suspected rupture iliac artery free intraabdominal fluid = signs of bleed to death lung contusion/pneumothorax, pleural effusion brain edema with upper and lower incarceration skeletal system Head/neck Chest
6 Chest compression most likely suffocation no directly death causing injury reported chest
19 Multiple trauma/circulatory collapse total rupture descending aortic arch, rupture pericardium bilateral pneumothorax, bloody pleural,effusion, pneumomediastinum serial rib fractures, bony injury pelvis, spine laceration of liver, rupture spleen suspected rupture aorta, not definitely recognized, pneumopericardium bilateral pneumothorax, bloody pleural effusion, pneumomediastinum serial rib fractures, bony injury pelvis, spine laceration of liver, rupture spleen chest
20 Multiple trauma/inner bleed to death: complex fractures spine, pelvis, sacrum rupture pulmonary root, lung contusion, pneumothorax bilateral serial rib fractures rupture renal capsula/urinary bladder, retroperitoneal hematoma extensive soft tissue damage/bleeding complex fractures spine, pelvis, sacrum lung contusion, pneumothorax bilateral serial rib fractures retroperitoneal hematoma free intraabdominal fluid = signs of bleed to death Skeletal system abdomen
25 Multiple trauma: brain edema, disruption articulation skull base-atlas damage to cervical spinal cord/medulla sub- total rupture ascending aorta with bleeding soft tissue neck mediastinum, pericardium with bilateral hematothorax pelvis fracture with soft tissue bleeding brain edema, disruption articulation skull base-atlas total rupture ascending aorta with bleeding soft tissue neck/mediastinum, pericardium with bilateral hematothorax pelvis fracture with soft tissue bleeding Head/neck chest
29 Thoracic aortic rupture status post open cardiac massage hematothorax = signs of bleed to death status post open cardiac massage with serial rib fractures chest