Exsanguination from iatrogenic puncture of arteriovenous fistula
We read with great interest the recent case report by Živcović et al.  reporting a suicide death by exsanguination from a puncture wound to an arteriovenous fistula using a Swiss knife. We report another similar death in which the manner of death was accidental (iatrogenic) rather than suicidal.
An 85 year old man was found dead at home in a chair. At the scene, his right arm was wrapped in blood soaked masking tape. Directly below his right arm was a pool of blood. The death was initially treated as suspicious requiring forensic investigation by police and a forensic pathologist to establish the cause and manner of death.
The authors would like to thank the public prosecution office for the approval to publish the case report.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
- 1.Živković V, Cvetković D, Nikolić S. Exsanguination from a puncture wound to arteriovenous fistula as the method of suicide in a chronic kidney disease patient. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12024-019-00151-0.