Fatal idiopathic pulmonary haemosiderosis in association with pregnancy - Medico-legal evaluation

Klára Törö, Irén Herjavecz, Edit Vereckei, Margit Kovács

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Idiopathic pulmonary haemosiderosis is a rare disorder characterised by repeated episodes of intra-alveolar bleeding in association with consecutive anaemia, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and respiratory failure. Pregnancy may exacerbate the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary haemosiderosis typically worsening in the third trimester. A 32-year-old female after delivery was admitted to hospital with progressive dyspnoea of about 1-month duration. Sudden circulatory collapse caused fatal complication. During the post-mortem investigation, lung haemorrhage and histologically abundant iron deposition in macrophages and interstitial fibrosis were found. Medico-legal post-mortem evaluation of fatal cases may support the clinico-pathological context of the diagnosis of this entity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2012


  • Forensic autopsy
  • Haemosiderosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Unexpected death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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