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An unusual death of a masochist: Accident or suicide?
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PMID:  20554408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
"Autoerotic asphyxia" typically involves an individual hanging or ligature, resulting in self-induced oxygen deprivation brought about by neck compression during sexual activity. Little about the so-called "atypical forms" of autoerotic asphyxia, which also involve compression of the chest or abdomen, has been published in forensic literature. When death results from such practices, they are usually deemed accidental, however, suicide or homicide must also be considered. The authors present a single case of accidental fatal asphyxia by the simultaneous compression of the neck, chest, and abdomen using a chair-bed. The victim was known to have had masochistic tendencies. In order to confirm the hypothesis of accidental death, the results of crime scene investigations, and autopsy findings, including histological and toxicological analysis, are summarized here.
Biagio Solarino; Sabrina Leonardi; Ignazio Grattagliano; Lucia Tattoli; Giancarlo Di Vella
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  204     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e16-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Public Medicine, University of Bari, P.zza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy.
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