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Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 558–560 | Cite as

Stab wounds of the chest caused by penetration of duralumin rods

  • Klára Marecová
  • Matěj Uvíra
  • Marek Dokoupil
  • Petr HandlosEmail author
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Abstract

Sharp force injuries are uncommon in routine forensic practice. While the majority of these cases are homicides or suicides, a significant minority of accidental deaths means that a careful investigation of the circumstances of the death is necessary. We present the case of a young man who presented with stab and cut injuries due to a duralumin rod embedded in his chest. Examination of the body revealed that death was due to penetration of the thoracic aorta by a duralumin rod. Careful investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death was able to confim a case of accidental death due to falling from a ladder onto tomato seedlings that were supported by duralumin rods.

Keywords

Sharp force injuries Stab wounds Homicide Suicide Accidental death 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klára Marecová
    • 1
  • Matěj Uvíra
    • 2
  • Marek Dokoupil
    • 2
    • 3
  • Petr Handlos
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Forensic Medicine and Medical LawUniversity Hospital OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Forensic MedicineUniversity Hospital OstravaOstravaCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of MedicineOstrava UniversityOstravaCzech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Intensive Medicine and Forensic Studies, Faculty of MedicineOstrava UniversityOstravaCzech Republic

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