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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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MORA TORRES, Magdalena; MOYA ZELEDON, Diego  and  CALDERON ELIZONDO, Jorge. Lesionology analysis of a sample of 353 suicide autopsies, Department of Legal Medicine, Costa Rica from 2010 to 2016. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.2, pp.6-16. ISSN 2215-5287.

The present work corresponds to research of the lesionology and personal antecedents of people that have died in a suicidal way in Costa Rica from 2010 to 2016. From the 2174 autopsies of suicides that were realized in the Section of Forensic Pathology of the Department of Legal Medicine of the Judicial Investigation Organization of Costa Rica, taking as a source of information the database of the Forensic Pathology Automation System of the Department of Legal Medicine, a sample of 353 was extracted and additional information was researched in the forensic file and other records of judicial system to obtain information related to personal pathological background, social background and more details of suicide. In addition, depending on the type of injury that caused the death, the type of asphyxia, the location of the knot, the place of entry of the firearm projectile or the type of substance used for suicide are characterized.

Keywords : Suicide; epidemiologic factors; Costa Rica.

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