Death from Hypothermia during a Training Course under "Extreme Conditions": Related to Two Cases.

Abstract

Death from hypothermia following exhaustion or from various complicated pathologies is no longer a frequent cause of death among combat troops. During a training course under "extreme conditions" in the French Alps, two young African officers died. Confronted with these two clinically confirmed cases of hypothermia, the unknown anatomopathological and biological specificities associated with death from hypothermia were highlighted. In these typical and clinically confirmed cases of death from subacute exhaustion hypothermia, none of the signs revealed by the autopsy were specific. Although some recent publications have addressed the utility of postmortem biochemical markers when establishing a diagnosis, with no anamnesis, with no knowledge or analysis of the circumstances of death, and without an in situ examination of the body, it appears difficult, if not impossible, to confirm that death was caused by hypothermia.

DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12981

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@article{Perich2016DeathFH, title={Death from Hypothermia during a Training Course under "Extreme Conditions": Related to Two Cases.}, author={Pierre Perich and Lucile Tuchtan and Christophe Bartoli and Georges L{\'e}onetti and Marie-Dominique Piercecchi-Marti}, journal={Journal of forensic sciences}, year={2016}, volume={61 2}, pages={562-565} }