Korean J Leg Med.  2020 Feb;44(1):41-44. 10.7580/kjlm.2020.44.1.41.

Unusual Suicide with Chainsaw: An Autopsy Case Report

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  • 1Forensic Medicine Division, National Forensic Service Busan Institute, Yangsan, Korea. next0608@daum.net
  • 2Medical Examiner's Office, National Forensic Service, Wonju, Korea.

Abstract

In autopsy practice, we encounter case of suicide or murder using various methods or tools. Damage caused by tools such as a knife or hammer is commonly encountered, but a case of damage using a chainsaw is not commonly encountered. We present an autopsy case of a suicide due to neck injury using a chainsaw. A 56-year-old man was found dead with a neck injury and a chainsaw below him. Soft tissue of the neck, thyroid cartilage, trachea, carotid vessels, cervical vertebrae, and cervical spinal cord were found to be cleaved, and a cogwheel-shaped pattern was observed in the injured area.

Keyword

Forensic pathology; Chainsaw; Suicide; Autopsy; Neck injuries

MeSH Terms

Autopsy*
Cervical Cord
Cervical Vertebrae
Female
Forensic Pathology
Homicide
Humans
Middle Aged
Neck
Neck Injuries
Suicide*
Thyroid Cartilage
Trachea
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