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Forensic Sci Int. 2013 Mar 10;226(1-3):e9-11. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.12.003. Epub 2012 Dec 27.

An unusual case of attempted suicide by a depressive woman: self-inflicted intracranial stabbing.

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  • 1Pôle Médico-Judiciaire, CHU Pellegrin, 33076 Bordeaux, France.


Self-inflicted stab injury to the skull, particularly in the neurocranium, is a rare method used to commit suicide. Herein is presented a case of a 26-year old woman with a temporal wound found by her partner in their home. No weapon was found in the approximate environment and the victim said that she fell. A CT scan performed at admission to the emergency room was interpreted as being compatible with injury from falls. A second CT scan in a neurosurgical unit suggested a cranio-cerebral injury from a sharp object; aggression was suspected. The discording elements led to an interview with a psychiatrist and diagnosis of attempted suicide through the action of a knife in the context of severe depression. This is a rare case that implicates a depressive woman and stabbing directly to the neurocranium.

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