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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 1989;13(2):41-47.
Postmortem Examination of Death from Asphyxia
Jai-Kwan Suh
National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Seoul, Korea
Abstract
Asphyxia is applied to those circumstances in which mechanical interference either 1) impedes access of air to the lungs 2) interferes with the cerebral blood supply 3) interferes with the vagal nerve supply which results in arrest, of the heart and coincident cessation of breathing. For practical purpose, mechanical asphyxia falls into one of the following categoris: 1. Compression of the neck a. Hanging b. Ligature strangulation c. Manual strangulation (throttling) 2. Suffocation a. Smothering b. Choking c. Traumatic or crush asphyxia d. Overlying 3. Drowning a. Wet drowning b. Dry drowning


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