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Archiwum Medycyny Sądowej i Kryminologii/Archives of Forensic Medicine and Criminology
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Case report

Case of sudden death following rupture of thoracic aortic aneurysm during “a manual therapy” procedure in the spinal area

Aleksandra Kaczorowska
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Agnieszka Dąbkowska

Arch Med Sąd Kryminol 2014; 64 (4): 246–253
Online publish date: 2015/03/31
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The reported case concerns the rupture of an aneurysm located in the descending part of the thoracic aorta during the procedure of the so-called “spinal adjustment” performed by a chiropractor. A 45-year-old patient with no significant medical history of cardiovascular diseases visited, along with his wife, one of “manual therapy” practices because of back pain. During the procedure, the patient suddenly lost consciousness. Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency assistance given by an ambulance team, the patient died. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was increasing cardiorespiratory failure secondary to bleeding into the lumen of the left pleural cavity following the rupture of pathologically altered thoracic aortic wall.
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chiropractor, “manual therapy” of the spine, thoracic aneurysm

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