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Bloodstain pattern analysis in a case of suicide with a compound bow and arrow.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15075696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incidence of human fatalities due to arrow injuries in the medical literature is rare. We report an incident involving a 46-year-old man who was found in his secured apartment with a fatal arrow wound of his chest and abdomen. The initial scene investigation suggested that the victim impaled himself with an arrow attached to a razor-sharp, 4-bladed broad-head hunting tip before collapsing on the floor. However, analysis of the bloodstain patterns suggested that the victim used the compound bow to propel the arrow. When investigating deaths due to bows and arrows, thorough scene investigation along with bloodstain pattern analysis is essential in determining the mechanism of injury and manner of death.
Christopher I Wilson; Samuel Altschul; Anthony Mead; Lisa M Flannagan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-12     Completed Date:  2004-06-10     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of the Medical Examiner, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / injuries,  pathology
Blood Stains*
Diaphragm / injuries,  pathology
Hemoperitoneum / etiology,  pathology
Hemothorax / etiology,  pathology
Liver / injuries,  pathology
Lung / pathology
Lung Injury
Middle Aged
Wounds, Penetrating / pathology*

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