The study of skin and bone lesions may give information concerning type and manner of production, but in burnt material modification of tissues by the high temperatures may considerably change the morphological characteristics of the lesions. This study aims at pointing out the effects of burning head of pigs with several types of lesions (blunt trauma, sharp force, and gunshot lesions) on soft tissues and bones, both from a morphological and chemical point of view. Results show that the charring process does not completely destroy signs of lesions on bones, which can often be recovered by cleaning bone surface from charred soft-tissue residues. Furthermore, neutron activation analysis test proved that antimony may be detectable also on gunshot entry wounds at the final stages of charring process.

Detection of blunt, sharp force and gunshot lesions on burnt remains : a cautionary note / P. Poppa, D. Porta, D. Gibelli, A. Mazzucchi, A. Brandone, M. Grandi, C. Cattaneo. - In: THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY. - ISSN 0195-7910. - 32:3(2011 Sep), pp. 275-279. [10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182198761]

Detection of blunt, sharp force and gunshot lesions on burnt remains : a cautionary note

P. Poppa
Primo
;
D. Porta
Secondo
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D. Gibelli;A. Mazzucchi;M. Grandi
Penultimo
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C. Cattaneo
Ultimo
2011

Abstract

The study of skin and bone lesions may give information concerning type and manner of production, but in burnt material modification of tissues by the high temperatures may considerably change the morphological characteristics of the lesions. This study aims at pointing out the effects of burning head of pigs with several types of lesions (blunt trauma, sharp force, and gunshot lesions) on soft tissues and bones, both from a morphological and chemical point of view. Results show that the charring process does not completely destroy signs of lesions on bones, which can often be recovered by cleaning bone surface from charred soft-tissue residues. Furthermore, neutron activation analysis test proved that antimony may be detectable also on gunshot entry wounds at the final stages of charring process.
Blunt trauma; Carbonization; Forensic anthropology; Forensic pathology; Gunshot wounds; NAA; Sharp force lesion
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