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Suicide by blunt force trauma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12464812     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suicide by self-inflicted blunt force injury is rare. The authors report a case of a 48-year-old man who initially appeared to have died of a homicidal beating. The pertinent autopsy findings consisted of blunt force closed head injury combined with numerous cutaneous abrasions and contusions of the entire body. Further inquiries confirmed a medical history of paranoid schizophrenia and a previous attempt at suicide. This case represents an extreme example of severe blunt trauma sustained during fatal self-mutilation and masquerading as a homicide. It also underscores the importance of correlating a thorough background investigation with autopsy findings in determining the appropriate manner of death.
Donna M Hunsaker; Leigh B Thorne
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-04     Completed Date:  2003-03-27     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:  355-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Head Injuries, Closed / pathology*
Middle Aged
Schizophrenia, Paranoid / complications
Schizophrenic Psychology
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / pathology*

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