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Citation

Gitto L, Bonaccorso L, Serinelli S. Med. Leg. J. 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Department of Pathology, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Medico-Legal Society, Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press)

DOI

10.1177/0025817219875425

PMID

31686595

Abstract

Deaths from sharp force injuries are a significant cause of violent death. While homicides and suicides caused by sharp force wounds are common, accidental injuries are less often described in forensic literature, so their actual incidence or prevalence is not known. This paper presents an accidental death due to massive blood loss which resulted from lesions to the left femoral vessels by glass fragments. The body was found in a pool of blood surrounded by hundreds of glass fragments. Autopsy revealed a near-total transection of the superficial femoral artery, and two wounds of the superficial femoral vein. In case of accidental sharp force injuries, a thorough medico-legal process, including death scene investigation, autopsy examination and toxicological analyses, is always necessary to determine the manner of death.


Language: en

Keywords

Forensic sciences manner of death; atypical sharp force injury; fatal haemorrhage; femoral artery; femoral vein

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