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Med Sci Law. 2013 Jan;53(1):48-50. doi: 10.1258/msl.2012.012033. Epub 2012 Aug 31.

An autoerotic death in Korea.

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  • 1Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Accidental autoerotic asphyxia occurring during autoerotic activity is usually considered the unanticipated failure of a sexual stimulation device to induce hypoxia during solitary sexual arousal. Here, we provide the first reported case of autoerotic death in Korea. In the present case, a young man died from asphyxiation as a result of being suspended with his head in a plastic bag. The death was considered accidental and not suicidal. The diagnosis of autoerotic death may be difficult when typical features are absent.

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