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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31822d31c0
Case Reports

An Unusual Suicide Case by Combination of Choking and Hanging

Vapa, Dusan MD; Radosavkic, Radosav MD; Maletin, Miljen MD; Veselinovic, Igor MD, PhD

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Abstract: A 40-year-old man was found dead in his prison cell, hanging on a twisted bandage tightened around his neck. His permanent metal tracheostomy tube was completely corked with a piece of paper wrapped with transparent cellophane from a cigarette case. After police investigation and complete autopsy, suicide was determined as the manner of death. Although suicides by 1 form of asphyxia are relatively common, combination of several different forms of asphyxia is far less frequent. We present this unusual and very rare case of suicide by combination of 2 forms of asphyxia, that is, choking and hanging, along with autopsy findings and discussion.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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