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|Title:||Autopsy reenactment - A useful technique in the evaluation of adhesive tape asphyxia|
|Citation:||Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2014; 59(3):841-843|
|Jonathon Herbst, Wayne Stanley, and Roger W. Byard|
|Abstract:||A 19-year-old woman was found dead with her face and head wrapped in plastic adhesive tape in a cupboard beside an opened helium cylinder. Despite the alleged presence of a suicide message on a social networking website, the unusual circumstances raised the possibility at the time of autopsy of either accidental death from sexual asphyxia or homicide. A carefully monitored reenactment demonstrated, however, that the type of commercial adhesive tape that had been used did not cause complete airway obstruction and that it was possible to wrap a considerable length of tape around the head and neck with the breath held. All of the features at autopsy were, therefore, compatible with self-infliction. Asphyxial death was attributed to the combined effects of smothering from tape and anoxia from helium, an extremely rare combination in young females.|
|Keywords:||Forensic science; asphyxia; adhesive tape; plastic; helium; autoerotic death; homicide|
|Rights:||© 2014 American Academy of Forensic Sciences|
|Appears in Collections:||Medical Sciences publications|
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