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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2007;31(2):197-199.
Published online November 30, 2007.
Homicidal Transorbital Intracranial Injury by a Metallic Chopstick: a Case Report.
Hongil Ha, Youn Shin Kim, Joong Seok Seo, Won Tae Lee
Department of Forensic Medicine, National Institute of Scientific Investigation. ysk007@nisi.go.kr
The transorbital intracranial injury is a rare penetrating brain injury and few homicidal cases were reported. We report a case of 37 year-old man who died from a homicidal transorbital intracranial injury. The assailant was one of his friends, who pierced his left eye by a metallic chopstick. Despite the intensive care, he died one week after. Postmortem examination revealed only a small laceration with subcutaneous hematoma in left lower eyelid, fractures of medial orbital roof, body of sphenoid bone and sella turcica, diffuse cerebral edema, basal subarachnoid hematoma, focal subdural hematoma, and intraventricular hematoma in the right lateral ventricle.
Key Words: Transorbital, Intracranial injury, Homicide, Metallic chopstick
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