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Self-Inflicted Burns: The Value of Collaboration Between Medicine and Law.
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PMID:  21361934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
  Self-inflicted burns are rare in France, but they lead to major, often life-threatening complications. The authors reviewed medical data for patients hospitalized in a burn center from January 2004 to December 2008. Thirty-eight cases of self-inflicted burns were compared with 220 accidental burns. Women were predominantly affected (57.9%, n = 22). A psychiatric history (71%, n = 27) was more frequent in this population. The mean age of the victims was 38 years. The leading method of suicide was flame (94%, n = 36) associated with gasoline used as an accelerant (77.7%, n = 28). Mean total burn surface area (41.5%) and mortality (36.9%) were higher in the self-inflicted burn population. By recognizing epidemiological characteristics and patients at risk, we can better classify lesions related to self-immolation. It is important for the forensic physician to consult survival details to correlate these data with the results of autopsy.
Nicolas Franchitto; Cécile Faurie; Ludivine Franchitto; Vincent Minville; Norbert Telmon; Daniel Rougé
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Department of Legal Medicine, Toulouse-Rangueil University Hospital, 1 Avenue Jean Poulhès, 31059 Toulouse, France. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Burn Center, Toulouse-Rangueil University Hospital, 1 Avenue Jean Poulhès, 31059 Toulouse, France. University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, La Grave-Casselardit University Hospital, Place Lange, 31059 Toulouse, France.
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