Current Pediatric Reviews

Giuseppe Buonocore
Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine
University of Siena


Medico-Legal Evaluation of Fatal Perinatal Asphyxia

Author(s): Judit Jeager, Eva Gorbe, Mihaly Silhavy, Barbara Kohalmi, Lilla Sassi, Janos Rigo Jr, Klara Toro.


In a retrospective study we examined frequency of perinatal asphyxia occurrences and the post mortem changes in newborn infants. Legal outcome of medical malpractice was also analyzed among our cases. There were 66 cases with perinatal asphyxia between 1992 and 2001. During neonatal period 27 infants died. There was one crime case and two civil law cases, which were started against the medical treatment during delivery. The improvements in the quality of prenatal care and the increased number of routine intensive fetus examinations, the in utero transport and the rate of cesarean section, may result in a decreasing perinatal mortality.

Keywords: Asphyxia, term infant, forensic medicine, autopsy findings

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Article Details

Year: 2009
Page: [79 - 84]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/157339609788185695
Price: $58