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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181c21c24
Case Report

A Case of Suicidal Ligature Strangulation by Using a Tourniquet Method

Atilgan, Mehmet MD

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Ligature strangulations are usually homicidal. Accidental and suicidal ligature strangulations are quite rare. In this study, an unusual case of suicidal ligature strangulation with a tourniquet method using a walking stick is presented.

A 70-year-old-man was found dead in his room, a piece of cloth wrapped around the neck, knotted, and tightened by a walking stick. His hand was still on the walking stick which was seemingly used by him for a tourniquet effect. Autopsy showed bilateral sternocleidomastoid muscle hemorrhage. A thorough death scene investigation, detailed corpse examination, and autopsy are extremely important for determining the manner of death in such ligature strangulation cases.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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