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Suicide by Intrarectal Gunshot Wound

Prahlow, Joseph A. M.D.

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 1998 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 356-361

In this report, a bizarre case of suicide is presented. The decedent, who had a history of various paraphilias, including sexual masochism and fetishism, died from a self-inflicted intrarectal gunshot wound.

From the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences and the Department of Pathology, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

Manuscript received November 26, 1997; accepted March 24, 1998.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Joseph A. Prahlow, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, 5230 Medical Center Drive, Dallas, TX 75235, U.S.A.

© 1998 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.