Journal article

Suicidal ligature strangulation: a systematic review of the published literature

Stephen Cordner, Fiona J Clay, Richard Bassed, Asser H Thomsen

Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology | HUMANA PRESS INC | Published : 2020


To summarize the published forensic pathology evidence base in deaths concluded to be the result of suicidal ligature strangulation, an uncommon entity. Four electronic bibliographic databases Medline Ovid, Embase, Scopus, HEINonline were screened for relevant literature. No date restrictions were applied. All English language case reports or case series were included. Articles were evaluated and key data extracted according to predefined criteria. A total of 1554 references eventually yielded 24 papers with 31 eligible case reports. The location of the deaths and background circumstances and history mirror broadly those of suicide generally. The range of ligature types was diverse. 19/31 ca..

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