International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 130, Issue 3, pp 859–862 | Cite as

Partial amputation of the tongue—self-inflicted or physical assault?

Case Report


Injuries of the tongue are generally self-inflicted lesions and occur during different diseases or external incidents. The amputation of the tongue is a rare event. In this article, we report about a woman presenting with a complete amputation of the anterior third of the tongue. The morphological findings, which are essential for the differentiation of self-inflicted injuries and injuries caused by a third party, are demonstrated.


Traumatic tongue amputation Self-inflicted injury Inflicted by third party Assault 


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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All procedures performed were carried out in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964 (in its current, revised form from 2013).

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Morgenthal
    • 1
  • R. Bayer
    • 2
  • A. Doerre
    • 3
  • J. Dreßler
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Legal Medicine, University Hospital JenaFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical FacultyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Clinic of Oral and Maxillofacial, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic SurgeryKlinikum Chemnitz gGmbHChemnitzGermany

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