Introduction: death resulting from plastic bag asphyxia has been recognized for more than 40 years, but relatively little is known about its epidemiology. A study about plastic bag asphyxia was performed to explain some particular aspects. Materials and methods: in the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan, 76 cases of plastic bag asphyxia have been selected from 1993 to 2008 on a total of 17591 postmortem analyses. Results and conclusions: plastic bag suffocation shows an incidence rate of 0.4% in the context of all the lesional ways occurred in the area of Milan. This confirms the unusual use of plastic bags as a tool used in suicides. Collected data were also characterized for sex, age, victims’ patholocial and psychical profile, necroscopic characteristics of lesions.

Asphyxial suicides by plastic bag suffocation : a review of 76 cases occurred in Milan, Italy / A. Battistini, S. Andreola, G. Gentile, E. Palazzo, A. Taborelli. ((Intervento presentato al 21. convegno Congress of the International Academy of legal Medicine (IALM) tenutosi a Lisboa nel 2009.

Asphyxial suicides by plastic bag suffocation : a review of 76 cases occurred in Milan, Italy

A. Battistini;G. Gentile;E. Palazzo;
2009-05-28

Abstract

Introduction: death resulting from plastic bag asphyxia has been recognized for more than 40 years, but relatively little is known about its epidemiology. A study about plastic bag asphyxia was performed to explain some particular aspects. Materials and methods: in the Institute of Legal Medicine of Milan, 76 cases of plastic bag asphyxia have been selected from 1993 to 2008 on a total of 17591 postmortem analyses. Results and conclusions: plastic bag suffocation shows an incidence rate of 0.4% in the context of all the lesional ways occurred in the area of Milan. This confirms the unusual use of plastic bags as a tool used in suicides. Collected data were also characterized for sex, age, victims’ patholocial and psychical profile, necroscopic characteristics of lesions.
Asphyxial suicides ; plastic bag suffocation ; medico-legal investigation
Settore MED/43 - Medicina Legale
International Academy of legal Medicine
Asphyxial suicides by plastic bag suffocation : a review of 76 cases occurred in Milan, Italy / A. Battistini, S. Andreola, G. Gentile, E. Palazzo, A. Taborelli. ((Intervento presentato al 21. convegno Congress of the International Academy of legal Medicine (IALM) tenutosi a Lisboa nel 2009.
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