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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181d3db89
Case Report

Postmortem Skin Damage Due to Ants: Description of 3 Cases

Ventura, Francesco MD; Gallo, Massimo MD; De Stefano, Francesco MD

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Abstract

Ants postmortem actions on a dead body can result in skin damage, featuring traumatic antemortem or in limine vitae events. Three observed cases are reported here where skin damages by ants' predatory activity led us to differentiate from accidental or voluntary injuries.

Described cases show how the relevant skin lesions and consequential hemorrhage due to the postmortem action of these hymenoptera can be confused with antemortem injuries.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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