Journal article

The use of computed tomography in determining development, anomalies, and trauma of the hyoid bone

Phillip Naimo, Chris O'Donnell, Richard Bassed, Christopher Briggs

FORENSIC SCIENCE MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY | HUMANA PRESS INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: Recognition of injury to the hyoid bone is intrinsic to post-mortem examination. Given its superficial location in the neck hyoid fractures are generally associated with some form of compressive neck force although they are well recognized in the peri-mortem period, in the context of manual handling and resuscitation. Hyoid fractures are variably reported to occur in manual strangulation and during hanging. METHODS: In this study Computer Tomography (CT) scans of the head and neck of 431 deceased persons (235 males and 196 females) between the ages of 1 day and 100 years of age (mean age 35.93 ± 24.15) and including 25 victims of hangings were examined to reveal the pattern of age-r..

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