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Med Sci Law. 2015 Jan;55(1):40-3. doi: 10.1177/0025802414524191. Epub 2014 Feb 21.

Nail injury to the brain obfuscated by a fall from height - homicide or suicide? a case report.

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1
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Maulana Azad Medical College, India.
2
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Maulana Azad Medical College, India monishapr@yahoo.com.

Abstract

Penetrating head injuries caused by unconventional objects such as a nail generate speculation and doubt regarding the manner of infliction. We report a case of a 24-year-old woman alleged to have committed suicide by a fall from height. Autopsy revealed an unprecedented penetrating intracranial injury caused by a nail over the right temporal region, confounding the manner of death. The underlying intersecting pattern of fractures determined the chronological sequence of events. In this paper, we discuss the manner, incidence and pathology of nail injuries to the brain.

KEYWORDS:

Puppeā€™s rule; forensic medicine; forensic pathology; homicide; nail brain injury; penetrating cranial injury

PMID:
24561389
DOI:
10.1177/0025802414524191
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