Death from plastic bag suffocation is unusual and rare in under-developed countries. Initially, deaths were accidental mostly of children but with time homicides, suicides and deaths in auto-erotic situations were noted. It is not always possible to discover the dynamics leading to the death especially when suicide is suspected. Often, the typical signs of asphyxia - petechial haemorrhages, facial congestion, oedema and cyanosis - are not there. The authors present two cases of plastic bag suffocation, where a multi-disciplinary approach was applied. This study reviews international literature on plastic bag suffocation, analysing the frequency of suicides, homicides and accidental deaths associated with plastic suffocation.

The forensic approach to plastic bag suffocation. case reports and review of the literature / Santoro, Paola; La Russa, Raffaele; Besi, Livia; Volonnino, Gianpietro; Dell'Aquila, Massimiliano; De Matteis, Alessandra; Maiese, Aniello. - In: THE MEDICO-LEGAL JOURNAL. - ISSN 0025-8172. - (2019). [10.1177/0025817219861277]

The forensic approach to plastic bag suffocation. case reports and review of the literature

Santoro, Paola;La Russa, Raffaele;Besi, Livia;Volonnino, Gianpietro;dell'Aquila, Massimiliano;De Matteis, Alessandra;Maiese, Aniello
2019

Abstract

Death from plastic bag suffocation is unusual and rare in under-developed countries. Initially, deaths were accidental mostly of children but with time homicides, suicides and deaths in auto-erotic situations were noted. It is not always possible to discover the dynamics leading to the death especially when suicide is suspected. Often, the typical signs of asphyxia - petechial haemorrhages, facial congestion, oedema and cyanosis - are not there. The authors present two cases of plastic bag suffocation, where a multi-disciplinary approach was applied. This study reviews international literature on plastic bag suffocation, analysing the frequency of suicides, homicides and accidental deaths associated with plastic suffocation.
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