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J Clin Forensic Med. 1998 Jun;5(2):77-9.

Fatal air embolism occurring during consensual intercourse in a non-pregnant female.

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  • 1University Department of Forensic Medicine, Dundee Royal Infirmary, Barrack Road, Dundee, DD1 9ND, UK.


Death from air embolism during pregnancy has been reported following sexual activity, particularly vaginal insufflation. We report a death from air embolism in a non-pregnant woman during consensual penile intercourse, in a position with the pelvis elevated above heart level. Air is thought to have entered the veins via a vaginal laceration, which occurred during digital foreplay.

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