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Revista Médica Electrónica

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BAYONA SANTANA, Diana R  and  VILLALONGA COSTA, Dra. Hanging with rope. Presentation of an atypical case. Rev.Med.Electrón. [online]. 2019, vol.41, n.4, pp.1020-1027.  Epub Aug 30, 2019. ISSN 1684-1824.

Mechanical asphyxias are those resulting from a mechanical interruption of air penetration to the respiratory tract. They are usually classified according to the nature of the mechanical mean originating them and the way they perform. Hanging is no more that the neck constriction, executed by a lace attached to a fixed point, on which the proper weight of the body applies traction. Death, according to the circumstances of the case, may occur by an asphyxiating, circulatory, inhibitory mechanism or by medullar lesion (a rare case of presentation). The current work reports a case of atypical hanging. The person who died, when abruptly jumped down the balcony of his house with the rope around the neck and the body was left pending, suffered a severe spinomedullar trauma, causing a fracture of the 3rd cervical vertebra, and a medullar contusion causing an instantaneous death due to the medullar shock. To discuss the case, the authors took into account elements of the location where it took place, and the external and internal examination of the body.

Keywords : hanging; spinomedullar trauma; medullar shock.

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