Pacemakers and other cardiac devices can help solve forensic
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In forensic medicine, 30% of cases remain unsolved because the cause or time of death after autopsy remains unclear. A study was conducted in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Charité Medical University, Berlin where 150 cases had an implantable cardiac device which was removed from the body during the autopsy. Time of death could be determined in 76% of cases and cause of death was determined in 24% of cases using data from the device. In the study, the time or cause of death was unclear in about 30% of cases after autopsy. This dropped to around 10-20% using device interrogation but using both together, 85% of all unclear deaths can be solved. Given its success, device interrogation should be routinely performed after autopsy in all forensic cases...


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