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High-Voltage Suicidal Electrocution With Multiple Exit Wounds

Das, Siddhartha MD*; Patra, Ambika Prasad MD*; Shaha, Kusa Kumar MD*; Sistla, Sarath Chandra MS; Jena, Manoj Kumar MD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2013 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p 34–37
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31828167a7
Case Reports

Poisoning, hanging, and burning are the usual methods adopted by people to commit suicide. Suicide by electrocution and that too high voltage is one of the rarest methods adopted for the purpose. We report the case of a young man who committed suicide by climbing up a 25-ft-high electric pole. The deceased was a regular alcoholic and was under severe depression for a long time because of his personal problems. He survived for more than 2 days after the incident. His serum urea and creatinine levels were elevated, so were the creatine kinase total and creatine kinase-MB level. The method adopted and the findings make this case a rare scientific report. Moreover, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case in an English scientific literature of a high-voltage suicidal electrocution with multiple exit wounds. The circumstances surrounding the manner of electrocution and the features of electric injuries are presented and discussed.

From the Departments of *Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and †Surgery, JIPMER, Puducherry; and ‡Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, VSS Medical College, Burla, Odisha, India.

Manuscript received March 17, 2012; accepted October 23, 2012.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Siddhartha Das, MD, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, JIPMER, Puducherry 605006, India. E-mail:;

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