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Multiple Nails in the Brain

An Unusual Suicidal Attempt

Aghabiklooei, Abbas, MD*; Molahoseini, Reza, MD; Khajoo, Ashkan, MD; Shiva, Hamidreza

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 88–89
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181faac5e
Case Reports

We describe dangerous multiple self-inflicted brain-penetrating injuries caused by a nail gun device after a suicidal attempt for the first time in Iran. At the first forensic visit, we could not explain the manner of injuries. The authors reviewed the literature on the topics, and clinical presentation, radiographic findings, and forensic medical records are discussed.

From the Departments of *Forensic Medicine and †Neurosurgery, Clinical Research Development Center, Firouzgar Teaching Hospital; and ‡Emergency Department, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Manuscript received April 7, 2010; accepted June 22, 2010.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Abbas Aghabiklooei, MD, Firouzgar Teaching Hospital, Department of Forensic Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Valiasr Sq, Valadi Ave, Tehran, Iran. E-mail:;

© 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.