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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e318288b109
Case Reports

Vallecular Rupture With Cervical Spine Fracture After a Failed Hanging Suicide Attempt

Kwon, Joong Keun MD, PhD; Lee, Seong Rok MD; Lee, Ho Min MD; Lee, Jung Min MD; Lee, Jong Cheol MD, PhD

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Abstract: Hanging is a common method of suicide. We present a case of vallecular rupture and cervical spine fracture without an external wound after a failed hanging suicide attempt. Surgical treatment involved posterior fusion of C2 to 3, followed by repair of the vallecular rupture via an external approach. The patient recovered with no residual physical or mental sequelae.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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