Article : Case Report: Injury Over Neck - ? Cut Throat / Bullhorn

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Case Report: Injury Over Neck - ? Cut Throat / Bullhorn

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Dr. Rajesh Vijaykumar Kachare

At times autopsy surgeon may be in dilemma while giving opinion regarding probable weapon / causative agent after examining the injury. Then it becomes difficult for him to make a comment on manner of injury- whether suicidal / homicidal / accidental. Situation becomes worse when wound is handled by surgeon before examination by a forensic expert. Here, a case of injury over neck is discussed. A dead body of male aged 65 year was brought for autopsy with alleged history of injury over neck by Bull-horn. Patient was treated and was hospitalized for 31 days in private hospital, developed septicemia and died. After completion of autopsy there was doubt in mind about the causative agent and manner of death - whether suicidal, homicidal or accidental?
Our aim is to highlight the importance of correlation of autopsy findings with ante-mortem record, circumstantial evidence, alertness and foresight.

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