Decapitation in suicidal hanging: A case report

V. Ahuja, Prateek Ratogi

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This paper reports the case of decapitation during suicidal hanging of an 82 yr old male weighing 48 kg. He reportedly jumped into a well almost 25 feet deep with a thick jute rope tied around his neck. External findings included complete transection of the neck at the level of C2-C3 vertebral body. Decapitation is an infrequent complication of hanging. The cause for such a rare event can be attributed to the inelasticity of the rope and fall of several meters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology


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