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Title: A Case of fatal pressure on the neck in a woman with a stab injury
Authors: Kitulwatte, I.D.G.
Pollanen, M.S.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka
Citation: The Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka. 2011; 1 (1): 46-48
Abstract: Evidence of pressure on the neck forms a spectrum of degree from minimal to marked. We report a case of fatal pressure on the neck with minimal external signs. A 27 year old woman was found dead in her home. A blood stained knife and a blood stained bathrobe belt with hair entangled in it were discovered at the scene. Autopsy revealed a stab injury to the chest extending to the right lung and multiple contusions to the head, face and extremities. There were petechial haemorrhages on bilateral eyelids and conjunctivae. There were 2 small contusions on the front of the neck. Special neck dissection revealed a small haemorrhage in the sternocleidomastoid muscle and a haemorrhagic fracture of the right superior horn of the thyroid cartilage. Cause of death was given as pressure on the neck in a woman with stab injury to the right chest. Petechial haemorrhages play a major role in confirming the cause of death when there is minimal evidence for application of pressure on the neck.
ISSN: 2012-5887(Print)
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