Journal of
Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine

  • Abbreviation: J. Clin. Pathol. Forensic Med.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2405
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 28

Full Length Research Paper

Accidental hanging: A report of four cases and review of the literature

M. Ben Dhiab*
  • M. Ben Dhiab*
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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M. Jdidi
  • M. Jdidi
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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Y. Nouma
  • Y. Nouma
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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M. K. Souguir
  • M. K. Souguir
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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M. Belhadj
  • M. Belhadj
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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N. Ben Mansour
  • N. Ben Mansour
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, UHC Farhat HACHED, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia.
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  •  Accepted: 23 July 2013
  •  Published: 28 February 2014

Abstract

Accidental hangings have far common characteristics that cause death in unsuspecting victim’s. It is a rare medico-legal aspect of death, raising difficulties of differential diagnosis with the suicide hanging and even with other causes of death. This study presents four observations of accidental hanging which occurred to three children and an adult, in strange circumstances sometimes. The medico-legal diagnosis was only possible with the autopsy and the study of the circumstances and the scene of death.

Key words: Hanging, accidental asphyxia, death.