Forensic evaluation of sudden death due to tuberculosis

Klára Töro, Árpád Mészáros, Éva Keller

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The emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) poses a major threat to TB control efforts. We report a case of a 50-year-old man with pulmonary TB. The scene investigation had initially suspected for homicide; however, the result of medico-legal autopsy demonstrated natural cause of death. Statistical data suggest that the rates of national mortality by respiratory TB decreased in the last decades in Hungary; however, an increasing TB mortality was detected in the capital Budapest. Facing a new mortality trend in TB, the forensic scene investigation and determination of manner of death represent new challenges for practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)962-964
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2008


  • Forensic science
  • Medico-legal autopsy
  • Mortality
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Social risk factors
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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