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Fatal pulmonary thromboembolism following physical torture.
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PMID:  15275003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Although perpetrators of torture usually use common methods to torture their victim, occasionally they devise novel techniques. Doctors are often called upon to examine victims of torture. This case report is intended to highlight 'the helicopter technique' (also called the, 'parrots perch' in Latin America in 1970s and 1980s) and 'chicken kebab' in Iran (more recently) and the complication of venous thromboembolism. This is a report of a victim who was arrested by the police and subsequently tortured. He died 2 weeks later from pulmonary embolism. The history, physical examination, treatment and autopsy findings of this case are discussed.
B L Meel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical forensic medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1353-1131     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Forensic Med     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-27     Completed Date:  2005-02-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434927     Medline TA:  J Clin Forensic Med     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-62     Citation Subset:  -    
Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Transkei, South Africa.
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