Autopsy study of fatal deliberate self harm

M. Arun, Vikram Palimar, Ritesh G. Menezes, Y. P. Raghavendra, Prashantha Bhagavath, Manoj Kumar Mohanty

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Abstract

A retrospective autopsy study of fatal deliberate self harm (FDSH) was undertaken in the mortuary of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Southern India over a period of 12 years (1993-2004). Out of 1917 cases autopsied, 21.2% were deaths due to deliberate self harm (DSH). The male sex (66.1%) and victims in the third decade of life (35.9%) predominated. More than two-thirds of the decedents were married. More fatalities were observed during the winter season (35.8%) and in the day time (62.2%). Dispair with life (61.9%) was the most common motive for FDSH. The majority of fatalities were due to poisoning (73.5%), where organophosphorous compounds topped the list (71.9%). About one-third of the victims survived for 18 to 24 hours after DSH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2007

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Self-Injurious Behavior
Autopsy
India
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Poisoning
Retrospective Studies
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  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • Law

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Arun, M., Palimar, V., Menezes, R. G., Raghavendra, Y. P., Bhagavath, P., & Mohanty, M. K. (2007). Autopsy study of fatal deliberate self harm. Medicine, Science and the Law, 47(1), 69-73. https://doi.org/10.1258/rsmmsl.47.1.69
Arun, M. ; Palimar, Vikram ; Menezes, Ritesh G. ; Raghavendra, Y. P. ; Bhagavath, Prashantha ; Mohanty, Manoj Kumar. / Autopsy study of fatal deliberate self harm. In: Medicine, Science and the Law. 2007 ; Vol. 47, No. 1. pp. 69-73.
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Arun M, Palimar V, Menezes RG, Raghavendra YP, Bhagavath P, Mohanty MK. Autopsy study of fatal deliberate self harm. Medicine, Science and the Law. 2007 Jan 1;47(1):69-73. https://doi.org/10.1258/rsmmsl.47.1.69