Fatal mechanical asphyxia

Vikram Palimar, M. Arun, Y. P Raghavendra Babu

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An autopsy study of fatal mechanical asphyxia was undertaken in the Department of Forensic Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, South India, over a period of 13 years. (1992 to 2005) Out of 2093 cases autopsied, 6.6% of the deaths were due to mechanical asphyxia. Manner of death was suicidal in 63.3% of cases. Hanging is the commonest method (51.8%) followed by drowning. Young adults (45%) and male sex (67.6%) predominated. About 80% of the victims died within one hour of the incident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalMedico-Legal Update
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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