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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2018;42(3):92-97.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7580/kjlm.2018.42.3.92    Published online August 31, 2018.
Acute Myocardial Infarction due to Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: An Autopsy Report.
Moon Young Kim, Jang Han Kim, Min Jee Park, Soong Deok Lee
1Department of Forensic Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sdlee@snu.ac.kr
2Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3Medical Examiner's Office, National Forensic Service, Wonju, Korea.
4Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
After the Organ Transplant Act was enforced in 2000, the criteria for the diagnosis of brain death have been legalized, and cardiac transplantation has become a promising treatment choice for patients with chronic heart disease. Even though more than hundreds of cases have been accumulated in the national registry and the survival rates are increasing, the compliance of long-term survivors may decrease paradoxically, which can hinder the efforts to enhance the quality of the registry. The patients who are lost from the doctor's surveillance and die outside hospitals should be appropriately examined to determine the cause of death so that the influence of their medical condition, if any, on their death could be revealed. Here, we report an autopsy case of a patient who died of a complication of chronic rejection after cardiac transplantation.
Key Words: Heart transplantation, Graft rejection, Coronary vessels, Cause of death, Myocardial infarction


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