Research Articles (Forensic Medicine)

Research Articles (Forensic Medicine)

 

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  • Bernitz, Herman; Saayman, Gert (South African Dental Association, 2017-03)
    Dental identification of decomposed, burned and mutilated remains usually involves comparing the ante-mortem with the post-mortem dental records of the suspected victim. This procedure is dependent on the availability of ...
  • Bernitz, Herman; Verster, Janette (South African Dental Association, 2017-04)
    Lodox®Statscan™ is a relatively recent addition to the field of post- mortem radiology and imaging in forensic dentistry and forensic medicine. A number of cases were encountered where victims who could not undergo ...
  • Makhoba, Aubrey Musa; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (African Association of Nephrology, 2017-06-21)
    The formation of heterotopic bone tissue outside the skeleton, known as osseous metaplasia, is a well-known phenomenon, but only a handful of cases describe this in renal allografts. We report the case of a 26-year-old ...
  • Engelbrecht, C.; Blumenthal, Ryan; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Saayman, Gert (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2017-08)
    BACKGROUND : The World Health Organization has declared suicide a global health crisis, predicting that ~1.53 million people will commit suicide annually by 2020. OBJECTIVE : A study from South Africa reviewed 1 018 ...
  • Coutinho, Teresa A.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2017-05-11)
    Ralstonia solanacearum and R. pseudosolanacearum are well known primary pathogens of herbaceous crops. Reports of wilt caused by these pathogens in tree species are limited other than on Eucalyptus species. Despite the ...
  • Blumenthal, Ryan; Saayman, Gert (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2017-06)
    We present the case of a 41-year-old woman who was fatally injured during a witnessed lightning strike event and in whom autopsy revealed the unusual keraunopathological finding of overt pneumomediastinum. The possible ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Lee, M.; Pickworth, G.P. (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-10)
    BACKGROUND. Registrars play a vital role in teaching undergraduate (UG) medical students. Previous studies indicate that registrars contribute as much as 30% of medical students’ knowledge and that up to 20% of a registrar’s ...
  • Van Deventer, B.S.; Rossouw, S.H.; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-10)
    BACKGROUND. Sudden and unexpected death is well known to occur in infants, and although sudden deaths are less frequent after the first birthday, they still account for a significant proportion of childhood deaths. In ...
  • Silva, L.M.A.; Cooper, M.A.; Blumenthal, Ryan; Pliskin, N. (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-09)
    BACKGROUND. On 11 November 1994, 26 preadolescent girls, 2 adult supervisors and 7 dogs were sleeping in a tent in rural South Africa when the tent was struck by lightning. Four of the girls and 4 of the dogs were killed. ...
  • Loots, Donovan P.; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert (Springer, 2015-12)
    A previously healthy 2 year old female toddler was brought to the emergency department with a history of severe hematemesis. Posterior-Anterior (PA) and lateral chest radiographs demonstrated a round radio-opaque object ...
  • Mitton, L.; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-06)
    BACKGROUND : South Africa’s crude death rate was recorded as the highest in the world in 2014. In 2013, 47 murders occurred daily nationwide, and it was confirmed that sharp force fatalities were frequent events. The aim ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Pickles, C.; Saayman, Gert (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-06)
    This article reviews South African (SA) law and its impact on the medicolegal management of fetal remains emanating from elective and therapeutic termination of pregnancies, stillbirths and miscarriages and the remains ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert (Elsevier, 2016-07)
    According to the WorldHealth Organization, an estimated 9 million people contracted tuberculosis (TB) with approximately 25% of TB cases being from Africa. TB was reported as the number one cause of natural death for ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Pickworth, G.P.; Snyman, G. (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-05)
    BACKGROUND. Numerous articles have been published on the use of autopsies in training medical students in anatomy and different branches of pathology. Some authors have described the emotional response of students who ...
  • Van den Ordel, G.; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-03)
    BACKGROUND : Children and young adults are particularly vulnerable to intentional and accidental fatal injuries. The majority of deaths in Africa in children <5 years of age are due to infectious diseases. Road traffic ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Van Niekerk, Egbert C.A.; Cronjé, Christien M.; Dinkel, Jurgen Erich (Springer, 2016-09)
    A 16 year old male adolescent of African ethnicity presented to a health care facility with a long standing history of chronic coughing. The treating medical practitioner requested a chest X-ray which revealed a large ...
  • Loots, Donovan P.; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (Springer, 2016-01)
    A previously healthy 31 year old African male was assisting friends with the repair of the roof of a neighboring house. That evening at a social gathering the man complained of an apparent headache and went home early ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Meyer, Pieter; Saayman, Gert (Springer, 2016-03)
    In South Africa bee stings are most commonly caused by either Apis mellifera capensis or A. mellifera scutellata, indigenous species which are notoriously aggressive when compared to European honey bees. According to ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert; Morris, Neil Kenneth (Elsevier, 2016-01)
    Drowning is classified as the 3rd leading cause of accidental deaths worldwide and is deemed to be a preventable cause of death. Bodies retrieved from a water medium pose several challenges to the forensic pathologist ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Saayman, Gert (Springer, 2014-06)
    A 41-year old male sustained a fatal gunshot wound during a house robbery. Police enquiries and scene investigation revealed that a single shot had been fired and that one spent 9 mm cartridge case was retrieved from the scene.

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