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Suicide Decapitation by a Detonating Cord

A Case Report

Khara, Maliha MD*; Herath, Jayantha C. MD, FRCPC

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 140–143
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000446
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In the field of forensic pathology, suicides consist of a considerable portion of the workload. Among the many methods used to commit suicide, using a detonation cord explosive is quite unique. We report the case of a man who committed suicide by detonation cord resulting in decapitation. This case report highlights the fact that the injury patterns observed in explosion-related deaths can be highly variable and that in cases with isolated injuries postmortem imaging and histology are an important adjunct to the standard death investigation. The ultimate goal of explosion-related investigations should be geared toward a well-documented and complete postmortem examination with the appropriate use of ancillary studies that provide a clear interpretation of the mechanism, cause, and manner of death.

From the *Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital, Kingston; and

Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Manuscript received September 7, 2018; accepted September 27, 2018.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Maliha Khara, MD, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital, 76 Stuart St, Douglas 2 Resident's Room 8-223, Kingston Ontario, Canada K7L 2V7. E-mail: Maliha.khara@queensu.ca.

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