Article: Age-at-death estimation in Caucasian females from the morphological analysis of the sternal end of the fourth rib.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The morphology evaluation of the sternal end of the fourth rib through the İşcan's "phases method" is considered one of the most reliable method for age-at-death estimation of corpses of unknown identity. This study aims to develop a component model for age estimation alternative to İşcan's method. A numerical score, ranging from 3 to 9, was assigned based on the morphology of surface (S), antero/posterior walls (W) and articular margins (M) of the sternal end of the fourth rib in 71 white female corpse. For each component a regression formula was determined. The best correlation between end rib morphology and age-at-death was obtained through the formula of multiple regression with two independent variables (articular surface and antero/posterior walls): Age (years)=6.37(S)+5.33(W)-17.15±3.3.Legal Medicine 08/2012;
Article: Genetic variation at 5 new autosomal short tandem repeat markers (D10S1248, D22S1045, D2S441, D1S1656, D12S391) in a population-based sample from Maghreb region.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To investigate allele distribution and genetic parameters of a population-based sample from Maghreb region. Allele frequencies for 5 new autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) markers (D10S1248, D22S1045, D2S441, D1S1656, and D12S391) and several forensic parameters were determined for 95 unrelated individuals. The combined power of discrimination and power of exclusion for the 5 loci were high (0.9999991 and 0.9954757, respectively). Allele frequencies were compared with previously published population data. Significant differences were found between Maghreb population and all other populations at the locus D2S441. Also, significant differences were found between the Maghreb and the African American population at the D22S1045, D1S1656, and D12S391 loci, between Maghreb and Caucasian population at the D1S1656 locus, and between Maghreb and Hispanic population at the D22S1045 locus. Typing of the 5 new STR loci may provide a useful addition to the previously established sets of autosomal STRs.Croatian Medical Journal 06/2011; 52(3):368-71. · 1.80 Impact Factor
Andrea Verzeletti, Maria Luisa Amariti[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A case of sudden death due to a phaeochromocytoma in an apparently healthy young man is presented. In cases of sudden death it is necessary to perform a complete and accurate autopsy also looking for alterations in other organs than the heart that could explain the death.Journal of forensic and legal medicine 05/2011; 18(4):180-1.
Andrea Verzeletti, Francesco De Ferrari[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A woman of fertile age who had been suffering from agalactorrhoea since undergoing reductive mastoplasty was referred to us for forensic evaluation. As the impairment rating criteria listed within the main Italian assessment guidelines did not provide us with any helpful clues, we turned our attention to a selection of French, Spanish and Portuguese rating tables either legally binding or merely indicative in nature, to the barème (table) formulated by the CEREDOC (Confédération Européenne d'Experts en Evaluation et Réparation du Dommage Corporel) and to the American Medical Association guidelines, the only ones contemplating rating criteria specific for agalactorrhoea with an impairment score range of 0-5 percentage points. In light of the woman's young age and in subsequent consideration of the implications agalactorrhoea typically has both for nursing mothers and for their newborn babies, we estimated her physical impairment at five percentage points.Medicine, science, and the law 01/2011; 51 Suppl 1:S37-8. · 0.45 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Despite its unlikely occurrence, post-mortem animal depredation is not unknown to forensic pathologists. In the case at issue, the corpse of a dead woman presented extensive facial wounds, which were then traced back to the dog she owned. A small specimen of injured tissue was subjected to species diagnosis, and came back positive for human and canine antigens, which confirmed the presence of biological material of canine origin on the body. The less than usual post-mortal injury pattern described herein clearly highlights the possibility that animal depredation on a corpse may occur soon after death, and underscores the diagnostic potential posed by commonly available and low expensive testing methods such as serological species diagnosis.Journal of forensic and legal medicine 05/2010; 17(4):216-9.