Journal article

The use of computed tomography in determining developmental changes, anomalies, and trauma of the thyroid cartilage

Phillip Naimo, Chris O'Donnell, Richard Bassed, Christopher Briggs

FORENSIC SCIENCE MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY | HUMANA PRESS INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

Recognition of injury to the hyoid bone and thyroid and cricoid cartilages is intrinsic to post-mortem examination. Due to its increasing brittleness with age the thyroid cartilage is particularly susceptible to injury following neck trauma, although there is inconsistency in the patterns of injury reported. In this study computed tomography scans of the head and neck of 431 deceased persons (235 males and 196 females) between the ages of 1 day and 100 years (mean age 35.93 ± 24.15), and including 25 victims of hangings, were examined to reveal the pattern of age-related change and the types of injury that occurred. Thyroid cartilage anomalies likely to cause confusion and be misinterpreted ..

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