Fatal thromboembolism during physical restraint in patients suffering from psychotic disorders is a very rare occurrence. In the case we present here, the criteria used in forensic pathology for the age determination of venous thrombi are applied to a case of pulmonary embolism in a patient suffering from schizophrenia who died after physical restraint. The possible association between conventional antipsychotic drugs and deep venous thrombosis, followed by pulmonary embolism, in a man with no predisposing risk factors, as well as the question concerning the appropriateness of medical care, are discussed.
Fatal thromboembolism following physical restraint in a patient with schizophrenia / Cecchi, Rossana; Antonella, Lazzaro; Catanese, Miriam; Mandarelli, Gabriele; Ferracuti, Stefano. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 0937-9827. - STAMPA. - 126:3(2012), pp. 477-482. [10.1007/s00414-012-0670-1]