Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 209–212 | Cite as

Fatal complication following pure ankle dislocation in a domestic setting: case report and review of the literature

  • Fabio De-GiorgioEmail author
  • Luca Marchese
  • Mara Masullo
  • Ernesto d’Aloja
  • Vincenzo Izzo
  • Simone Cerciello
Case Report


Pure ankle dislocation is a rare event that primarily results from high-energy trauma. Predisposing anatomical factors such as talar hypoplasia, ligament laxity, and previous sprains may play a key role. This report presents the case of a 55-year-old man with fatal anterior and posterior tibial artery tears following a pure anterolateral dislocation of the right ankle. To the best of our knowledge, no such cases have previously been reported in the English-language literature.


Pure ankle dislocation Tibial artery Domestic setting Forensic autopsy 


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No author received any research grants from any companies.

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This article does not contain any studies on human participants performed by any of the authors. This article does not contain any studies on animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio De-Giorgio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luca Marchese
    • 1
  • Mara Masullo
    • 2
  • Ernesto d’Aloja
    • 3
  • Vincenzo Izzo
    • 4
  • Simone Cerciello
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Public Health, section of Legal MedicineCatholic University of the Sacred HeartRomeItaly
  2. 2.Risk Management Unit, BAT ASLBarletta Andria TraniItaly
  3. 3.Department of Public Health, Clinical and Molecular MedicineUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly
  4. 4.Department of Orthopedic & Traumatology Surgery, Universal HospitalAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  5. 5.Casa di Cura Villa BetaniaRomeItaly
  6. 6.Marrelli HospitalCrotoneItaly

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