Wischnewsky's spots in an ectopic stomach

J. Preuß*, A. Thierauf, R. Dettmeyer, B. Madea

*Corresponding author for this work
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Wischnewsky's spots in the mucosa of the stomach have been a well-known sign of death due to hypothermia for many years. Furthermore it is reported that those spots can rarely be found in the esophagus as well. We now report on a case concerning a 93-year-old woman who presented an ectopic stomach with erosions of the mucosa in the intrathoracic part of the stomach that were assessed as Wischnewsky's spots. When she was found dead in her flat, she was completely undressed and showed an injury to the head. The autopsy findings are presented and discussed in view of a possible genesis and pathophysiology of Wischnewsky's spots.

Original languageEnglish
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)220-222
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 04.07.2007


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