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J Forensic Leg Med. 2014 Jul;25:14-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2014.04.004. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

Neck injury patterns resulting from the use of petrol and electric chainsaws in suicides. Report on two cases.

Author information

1
Department of Medical and Biological Sciences, Section of Forensic Medicine, University of Udine, Italy.
2
Department of Medical and Biological Sciences, Section of Forensic Medicine, University of Udine, Italy. Electronic address: ugo.dabroi@uniud.it.
3
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Section of Agricultural Engineering, University of Udine, Italy.

Abstract

Suicides due to neck injuries caused by chainsaws are uncommon events. The cutting elements of petrol and electric chainsaws produce different features in lethal neck injuries. The accurate evaluation of the death scene, of the power and mechanical characteristics of the chainsaw and of wound morphology are all essential in distinguishing a case of suicide.

KEYWORDS:

Electric chainsaw; Neck injuries; Petrol chainsaw; Suicide

PMID:
24931855
DOI:
10.1016/j.jflm.2014.04.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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