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A case of fatal pressure on the neck in a woman with a stab injury

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IDG Kitulwatte ,

Faculty of Medicine, Ragama, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine
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MS Pollanen

Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, CA
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Forensic Pathology Unit
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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.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v1i1.7275

Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka 2011; 1(1), Jan-April : 46-48

How to Cite: Kitulwatte, I. & Pollanen, M., (2014). A case of fatal pressure on the neck in a woman with a stab injury. Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka. 1(1), pp.46–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v1i1.7275
Published on 10 Aug 2014.
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