Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Objective : This study is a review of the causes of unnatural death amongchildren for future prevention, statistics and medico-legal benefit.Setting : Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,Chulalongkorn University, BangkokStudy design : Descriptive study.Subjects and Methods : One hundred and one autopsy reports of unnatural death inchildren under 15 years old from 2001 to 2007 by forensicpathologists of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty ofMedicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.Results : Sixty-eight were male and 33 were female. The most commonage is ranged from 1 to 3 years old. Accident, especially trafficaccident, was the most common cause of unnatural death inchildren followed by drowning and fall from height, while homicide,suicide and death by animal attack were rare.Conclusions : Most of the autopsy reports in unnatural death in children werekindergarten, male more than female. The major cause of deathis accident, especially traffic accident which could have beprevented by their own guardian parents.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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