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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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BORQUEZ VERA, Pamela; QUEZADA REYES, Daniela; MIRANDA VASQUEZ, Elvira  and  PACHAR LUCIO, José Vicente. Atypical self-induced strangulation. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.1, pp.152-159. ISSN 2215-5287.

Finding a suspended body in doubtful circumstances raises the possibility that the manner of death is homicide. We present the case of a 36 years-old male who was found dead, with extrinsic mechanical cervical compression, on a public place, there were no witnesses of the fact. Initially, the case was investigated as a homicide, with differential diagnosis of suicide. The comprehensive analysis of the scene and a complete post-mortem examination: including autopsy, histopathology and toxicology results, allowed us to rule out the possibility of the action of third parties and confirm the hypothesis of a self-induced atypical strangulation.

Keywords : Forensic Medicine; Ligature Strangulation; Suicide.

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