Original ArticlesDeath by Wheat-Loaded Cartridge A Case ReportOkdemir, Erdem MD∗; Keten, Alper MD†; Avşar, Abdullah MD‡; Kaya, Ömer MD§Author Information From the ∗Gokyuzu OSGB Lmt, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey †Institute of Forensic and Traffic Medicine, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany ‡Department of Forensic Medicine, KSU §Department of Forensic Medicine, Kirikkale University, Kirikkale, Turkey. Manuscript received April 15, 2019; accepted June 25, 2019. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Erdem Okdemir, MD, Akdeniz Mah, Fatih Cad, Denizkum Sitesi A Blok No 18A/12 Mezitli, Mersin, Turkey. E-mail: email@example.com. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 396-398 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000509 Buy Metrics Abstract The materials used to produce shotgun ammunition can have different properties depending on the purpose, and ammunition can be fabricated or loaded manually. In Turkey, wheat-loaded cartridges are manufactured for use as sound cartridges. This ammunition is understood by the public to be harmless. However, we present a case of a 13-year-old adolescent boy who was wounded from a contact shot to the chest. An entrance wound measuring 7 cm and 5 cm in diameter was seen on the skin. Wheat grains could not be detected in the internal organs and were only observed between the chest muscles around the entrance wound. A plastic wad was also found in this area. The cause of death was internal bleeding due to internal organ injury. Wheat-loaded cartridges are not visible on x-ray and are difficult to detect visually in the wound. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.