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Fatal Intestinal Obstruction in a Patient With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Wygant, Cassandra Maria, MPH; Cohle, Stephen D., MD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 168–170
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000459
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We describe an 8-year-old white boy with a history of fetal alcohol syndrome and pica, who was found dead on the floor by his mother. The child died from massive intestinal dilatation causing asphyxia. We discuss the potential pathogenetic mechanisms of intestinal dilation in patients with fetal alcohol syndrome.

From the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus, Grand Rapids, MI.

Manuscript received September 19, 2018; accepted November 28, 2018.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Stephen D. Cohle, MD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus, 1840 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. E-mail: sdcohle@comcast.net.

© 2019 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.