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Type: Journal article
Title: Putrefaction and wound dehiscence: a potentially confusing postmortem phenomenon
Author: Byard, R.
Gehl, A.
Anders, S.
Tsokos, M.
Citation: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 2006; 27(1):61-63
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0195-7910
1533-404X
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Byard, Roger W.; Gehl, Axel; Anders, Sven; Tsokos, Michael
Abstract: The decomposed body of a 49-year-old man was found at his home address. At autopsy, 3 incised wounds of the lower abdomen and groins were identified, raising the possibility of some form of inflicted injury. Further dissection revealed that the wounds were healing surgical incisions that had been forced open by putrefactive tissue breakdown, swelling, and gas formation. Death was due to ischemic heart disease. Putrefaction is a common problem encountered in forensic practice that may result in considerable distortion and modification of tissues. Unusual skin lesions caused by the disruption and dehiscence of healing surgical wounds may be created by decomposition. This possibility should be considered when symmetrical, cleanly incised wounds are identified.
Keywords: incised wound
mutilation
postmortem change
putrefaction
surgery
DOI: 10.1097/01.paf.0000202708.49030.03
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