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Anatomopathological findings in hangings: a retrospective autopsy study.
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PMID:  23275431     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BackgroundIn this retrospective autopsy study, we aimed to review the anatomopathological findings observed in cases of hanging death for a five year period and to evaluate the role of contributing factors such as age, sex, type of hanging and localization of the ligature knot.MethodsAutopsy reports of 102 hanging cases performed by the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Pamukkale University, between January 2007 and September 2011, were retrospectively reviewed.ResultsIn the 102 hanging cases 73 of the victims were males (71.6%) and 29 (28.4%) were females, with a mean age of 40.97 ± 17.41 years. All cases were suicidal hanging. Fifty four cases (52.9%) were typical hanging, with the ligature knot located posteriorly. There were petechial hemorrhage on the face and eye lids in 46 (45.1%), ecchymoses of the cervicale muscles in 43 (42.2%), and fractures of the neck structure(s) in 69 cases (67.6%).ConclusionsThe incidence of neck structure fractures increased with age. In addition, there was no correlation between the incidence of neck structure fractures and sex or type of hanging.
Ayse Kurtulus; Goksin Nilufer Yonguc; Bora Boz; Kemalettin Acar
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-30
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Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Forensic Medicine.
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