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Suicidal hanging on high-voltage line pylon.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18665885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hanging is one of the most frequent methods for suicides among young males. This report presents two cases of suicide by hanging on pylons carrying high-voltage power lines. The male victims suffered electrocution while committing suicide. Electrocution was the cause of death in both cases, however in one case blunt force injuries from hanging contributed to death. In these two cases hanging was the intentional method of suicide and it was followed by electrocution. The cases demonstrate that scene investigation, a detailed autopsy with histology, and amamnestic data are essential in the evaluation of suicides by hanging and that the determination of the cause of death remains a challenge in investigating such cases.
Klára Töro; István Kristóf; Magdolna Kardos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-21     Completed Date:  2009-03-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1200-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / etiology,  pathology*
Electric Injuries / etiology,  pathology*
Forensic Pathology
Neck Injuries / pathology*
Purpura / pathology
Skin / injuries,  pathology
Young Adult

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