Lazarus Phenomenon in Medicolegal Perspective: A Case Report

  • Aykut Taner Güven
  • Gavril Petridis
  • Şeyda Şebnem Özkal
  • Ersi Abacı Kalfoglu
Keywords: Lazarus Phenomenon, Auto-resusciation, Forensic Medicine

Abstract

Auto-resuscitation or with the common name Lazarus phenomenon is unassisted return of spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest. Lazarus phenomenon takes a little place in the medical literature. Doctors are reluctant to publish case reports because of apprehension of being sued due to medical malpractice. In the other hand Lazarus phenomenon is a rare and interesting topic for public media. In the forensic point of view, it’s important that if a Lazarus phenomenon is connected with medical negligence or not. All “Lasarus” case reports in the literature are informing that a time interval between declaration of death and noticing spontaneous circulation-inhalation from a few second to 33 minutes. Possibly there are no other example of 3 hours time interval between death declaration and noticing auto-resuscitation rather than in our case report.

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Published
2017-12-23
How to Cite
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Güven A, Petridis G, Özkal Şeyda, Kalfoglu E. Lazarus Phenomenon in Medicolegal Perspective: A Case Report [Internet]. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine [Internet]. 23Dec.2017 [cited 19Jan.2018];22(3):224-7. doi:https://doi.org/10.17986/blm.2017330661
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Case Reports