What are the signs of obvious death due to drowning?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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In cases of obvious death due to drowning, the following are present:

  • Normothermia with asystole

  • Apnea

  • Rigor mortis

  • Dependent lividity

  • No apparent CNS function


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