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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2015;39(4):132-135.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7580/kjlm.2015.39.4.132    Published online November 30, 2015.
A Case Report of Suicide by Cutting the Tongue with a Pair of Scissors.
Young Min Jo, Sang Han Lee
1Department of Pathology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
2Department of Forensic Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. sanghan1@knu.ac.kr
Common methods of suicide are hanging, toxic substance ingestion, descent from height, and drowning. However, suicide by cutting the tongue is very rare and there are almost no reported cases in the literature. A 76-year-old man who had terminal gastric cancer with multiple liver metastases was found dead in his home. Upon autopsy, it was noted that his tongue was cut by a pair of scissors four times and copious blood was identified in the stomach and intestine. The total loss of blood volume was approximately 750 mL. He had also cut his finger-tip and stabbed his abdomen with a pair of scissors. We concluded that lingual artery injury by scissors was the cause of death.
Key Words: Tongue, Suicide, Autopsy
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