Asphyxia and drowning by Jay Dix

By Jay Dix

This 3rd quantity within the Forensic Pathology Atlases: explanations of dying sequence offers an outline of the kinds, mechanisms, and actual findings linked to deaths regarding asphyxia. Asphyxia and Drowning serves as a uncomplicated framework for an intensive pictorial illustration of findings linked to some of these deaths. It is helping the reader to realize a greater knowing of the methods resulting in asphyxiation, to acknowledge the linked actual findings, and higher relish the problems in comparing asphyxiation deaths.

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20 mg/dl. Figure 28 This prisoner attempted to commit suicide by cutting his arm (black arrows). He was unsuccessful, so he hanged himself. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 39 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM Asphyxia and Drowning 39 Figure 29 The rope pattern on this neck is very distinct and matches the rope. The pattern on the neck is wider than the rope because the folds of skin partially surrounded the ligature. Figure 30 The depressed ligature mark has a pattern similar to the rope. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 40 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM 40 Asphyxia and Drowning: An Atlas Figure 31 This ligature pattern can easily be matched to the belt that he used to hang himself.

The thumbs may also overlap. Most people die from the pressure on the blood vessels and not from collapsing the larynx and trachea. See next photo. Figure 42 The victim may grasp the assailant’s hands, leaving his own fingernail marks on the neck. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 46 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM 46 Asphyxia and Drowning: An Atlas Figure 43 This man was manually strangled. There are contusions on the lower part of the neck and fingernail marks (arrow) above the contusions. There were numerous soft tissue hemorrhages in the neck and petechiae of the eyes.

He had made other attempts in the past. The position of his arm hanging in the tree suggests he either might have changed his mind during the act or was not serious about wanting to commit the act to completion. 2369/frame/ch01 Page 27 Saturday, February 12, 2000 8:55 AM Asphyxia and Drowning 27 Figure 8 Sometimes determining manner of death is difficult. This is probably an accident; however, this cannot be stated with certainty. The boy may have been experimenting to see how it feels to choke.

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