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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2010 Mar;31(1):85-6. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181c21c24.

A case of suicidal ligature strangulation by using a tourniquet method.

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Department of Forensic Medicine, Akdeniz University Medical Faculty, Antalya Branch of the Council of Forensic Medicine, Antalya, Turkey.


Ligature strangulations are usually homicidal. Accidental and suicidal ligature strangulations are quite rare. In this study, an unusual case of suicidal ligature strangulation with a tourniquet method using a walking stick is presented.A 70-year-old-man was found dead in his room, a piece of cloth wrapped around the neck, knotted, and tightened by a walking stick. His hand was still on the walking stick which was seemingly used by him for a tourniquet effect. Autopsy showed bilateral sternocleidomastoid muscle hemorrhage. A thorough death scene investigation, detailed corpse examination, and autopsy are extremely important for determining the manner of death in such ligature strangulation cases.

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