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Forensic approach of fatal dog attacks: a case report and literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12376842     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Over 1 million dog bites occur every year in the USA, however, fatal dog bites are rare and mostly affect children under 4 years of age and old people. Usually pet dogs are involved and only recently has public awareness of this health problem increased. As an example of a forensic approach we present the case of a 6-year-old girl who was killed by the three pet Rottweilers of her father. The present report includes the investigation of the death scene, the autopsy findings and the results of the examination of the dogs. Dog bite wounds in this case typically were limited to the head and neck regions and classic features of these wounds have been described in various studies. We emphasise the particulars of canine dental features, discuss the resulting bite wounds and, reviewing the literature, try to come up with a strategy for prevention.
Authors:
K De Munnynck; W Van de Voorde
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2002-09-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of legal medicine     Volume:  116     ISSN:  0937-9827     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Legal Med.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-11     Completed Date:  2003-04-11     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101456     Medline TA:  Int J Legal Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Centre of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital K.U. Leuven, Minderbroedersstraat 12, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Bites and Stings*
Child
Dogs*
Fatal Outcome
Female
Forensic Medicine
Humans
Wounds, Penetrating

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