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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versión On-line ISSN 1988-611Xversión impresa ISSN 1135-7606


HECHAVARRIA ANDRIAL, L.. Epidemiology of cases worked at the Investigation Center of Forensic Sciences of Sucumbíos (Ecuador), year 2016. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.1-2, pp.24-34. ISSN 1988-611X.

Violence is one of the leading causes of death in Latin America and the world. The objective of the present study was to analyze some epidemiological factors related to cases received in the field of thanatology at Sucumbíos’s (Ecuador) Investigation Center of Forensic Science, January to December 2016, these mostly represented by violent deaths. The databases contained in the statistical reports of these center were used. A descriptive, transversal and quantitative study was performed and established the relationship between the different variables studied. According to the results of the research, men are most often victims of deadly external injuries (80.7%), compared with women. Dominated individuals aged between 21 and 30 years, which represented 64% of the cases received. Prevailing mortality from traffic accidents by 35.4%, which it determined a total of 4867 disability-adjusted life year. The months of greater fatality were December (11.4%) and January (11.1%). The largest number of cases proceeded from Lago Agrio canton (41.8%), Sucumbíos province, followed by Francisco de Orellana canton (25%), Orellana Province respectively. Violent deaths still account for a high percentage of the total number of deaths. Forensic centers, newly created in Ecuador, are invaluable source of information related to deaths caused by external injuries.

Palabras clave : Forensic centers; Epidemiology; Violent death.

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