Postmortem changes - cardiovascular

Dr Yahya Baba and Dr Hamish Smith et al.

Cardiovascular postmortem changes refer to the normal appearances of the cardiovascular system on postmortem imaging. 

Radiographic features

  • hyperdensity of the aortic wall 1,2
  • hypostasis of blood intravascularly 3
  • dilatation of the right atrium of the heart 1
  • dilatation of the superior vena cava and inferior vena cava (except in cases of exsanguination) 1

Article information

rID: 61118
System: Cardiac, Forensic
Tag: cases, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cardiovascular postmortem changes
  • Cardiovascular postmortem change

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: hypostasis of blood intravascularly
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