Asphyxia and drowning by Jay Dix

By Jay Dix

This 3rd quantity within the Forensic Pathology Atlases: reasons of loss of life sequence presents an outline of the kinds, mechanisms, and actual findings linked to deaths concerning asphyxia. Asphyxia and Drowning serves as a simple framework for an intensive pictorial illustration of findings linked to these kind of deaths. It is helping the reader to realize a greater knowing of the techniques resulting in asphyxiation, to acknowledge the linked actual findings, and higher take pleasure in the problems in comparing asphyxiation deaths.

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The boyfriend strangled her and then committed suicide. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 55 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM Asphyxia and Drowning 55 Figure 61 This child was smothered. There were very few signs of injury (arrows). Injuries such as these can also be caused by paramedics. A good history is needed to clarify this possibility.

Other so-called drowning tests have been proposed from time to time and have been proven unreliable. Drowning can be difficult to diagnose. However, when appropriate investigative information about the victim, circumstances and scene are coupled with the findings of the postmortem examination (including laboratory testing), a correct diagnosis can usually be made. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 22 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM Asphyxia and Drowning: An Atlas 22 References 1. A. , Forensic Pathology in Criminal Cases.

The scene will help decide the correct manner of death. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 42 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM 42 Asphyxia and Drowning: An Atlas Figure 35 A shoestring wrapped twice around the neck caused these pale marks with adjacent hemorrhage. Figure 36 This military man hanged himself with a shoestring while he was stationed in Europe. He was autopsied in Europe (notice the lack of a “Y”-shaped incision. Interestingly, his neck organs had not been removed or examined. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 43 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM Asphyxia and Drowning 43 Figure 37 Ligature marks may be indistinct and more difficult to see and evaluate on dark-skinned individuals; however, this one is obvious.

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