Forensic experts deal not only with criminal, accidental and suicidal deaths, but also with wide range of natural deaths especially if they had occurred suddenly in apparently healthy individuals. Many of these deaths are sudden, unexpected, clinically unexplained or obscure even though there may not be any criminal element in their causation. Suspicion usually arises when an individual is found dead without anyone having witnessed the death. Investigation of sudden and unexpected death is a challenge for forensic expert
The causes of sudden cardiac death are diverse, and are a function of age. Death due to cardiac tamponade is one of the causes of sudden cardiac death. Since it occurs very rapidly and without any prior symptoms, which has a highly variable clinical presentation, the diagnosis is frequently made at autopsy. In this article, we report the death of a healthy male due to cardiac tamponade following rupture of a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm.
Dissecting aneurysm; Cardiac tamponade; Sudden cardiac death; Autopsy