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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1992 Jun;13(2):90-7.

Positional asphyxia during law enforcement transport.

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Medical Examiner Division Seattle/King County Department of Public Health, Seattle, Washington.


Three cases of positional asphyxia are described that occurred while victims were in a prone position in rear compartments of police patrol cars. These deaths are attributed to positional asphyxia. Autopsy findings and specific scene and circumstantial correlations of the investigation are discussed with emphasis placed on the limitations of interpretation of the anatomic changes at autopsy.

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