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A case of homicidal intraoral gunshot and review of the literature.
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PMID:  21076946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Determination of the manner of death in case of intraoral firearm wounds can be a challenge, especially if the circumstances of the incident are unclear and crime scene investigation is inadequate. It is a well-known fact that the mouth is one of the selected sites for suicide with firearms. Homicidal shooting through the mouth is said to be rare, but does occur, and can be mistaken for a suicide. For discrimination between suicide and homicide in cases of intraoral firearm wounds, some useful points are the site of entry wound, the direction of the internal bullet path, the range of fire and the circumstances of death. We demonstrate these points in a case of a homicidal gunshot to the mouth assessed by both classical autopsy and post-mortem CT (PMCT).
Sandra Berens; Thomas Ketterer; Beat P Kneubuehl; Michael J Thali; Steffen Ross; Stephan A Bolliger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science, medicine, and pathology     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1556-2891     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101236111     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012, Bern, Switzerland,
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