Postmortem Imaging in Drowning

  • Federica Vernuccio
  • Stefania Zerbo
  • Donatella Piscionieri
  • Federico Midiri
  • Giuseppe Lo Re
  • Massimo Midiri
  • Antonina Argo


The diagnosis of drowning is one of the most difficult in the field of forensic medicine since the autopsy findings are often not specific and the laboratory examinations are controversially appreciated by the scientific community. In a cadaver recovered from water, it is of utmost importance to differentiate antemortem and postmortem drowning. This chapter fully investigates biological/thanato-chemical, pathological and imaging findings which may guide the definitive diagnosis.


Drowning diagnosis Radiology Forensic medicine Histology Postmortem CT Lung 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federica Vernuccio
    • 1
  • Stefania Zerbo
    • 2
  • Donatella Piscionieri
    • 2
  • Federico Midiri
    • 2
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Lo Re
    • 1
  • Massimo Midiri
    • 1
  • Antonina Argo
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biomedicina, Neuroscienze, Diagnostica Avanzata (BIND)University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Sciences for the Promotion of Health and Maternal and Child Care “G. D’Alessandro”University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Biomedicina, Neuroscienze, Diagnostica Avanzata (BIND)University of PalermoPalermoItaly

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