Suffocation Caused by Plastic Bag Covering the Face Combined with Cotton Wool Containing Premium Gasoline: A Forensic Pathology Case Report
Abigael S. Pagatiku, Muhammad Afiful Jauhani, Ahmad Yudianto, Soekri Ervan Kusuma
Abigael S. Pagatiku
Available Online 20 May 2020.
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- gasoline, plastic bag, suffocation, cotton wool
- Every unwitnessed death should be suspected as unnatural death, mainly if the body was found in unusual conditions. When the investigator found an unnatural death case, the investigator will ask for the help of a forensic pathologist to examine the deceased and to determine the cause of death and the mechanism of death, according to article 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code. In this case report, we present an unusual death using a plastic bag covering the face combined with premium gasoline. A man was found dead in his bed with a face covered with plastic grocery bags. In that plastic bag, there was cotton wool soaked with gasoline. On external examination, petechial hemorrhages, facial congestion, and cyanosis were found. On internal investigation, lungs, congestion, and petechial hemorrhages in the kidney and brain were found. Clinical examination reveals dilatation of renal blood vessels containing blood. Premium gasoline was detected in the cotton wool. Any drugs and poisons could not be detected in the blood sample, urine neither in the gall bladder. The cause of death was assumed to be suffocation caused by a plastic bag covering the face. The mechanism of death was asphyxia due to plastic bag suffocation.
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TY - CONF AU - Abigael S. Pagatiku AU - Muhammad Afiful Jauhani AU - Ahmad Yudianto AU - Soekri Ervan Kusuma PY - 2020 DA - 2020/05/20 TI - Suffocation Caused by Plastic Bag Covering the Face Combined with Cotton Wool Containing Premium Gasoline: A Forensic Pathology Case Report BT - Proceedings of the International Conference on Law, Economics and Health (ICLEH 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 7 EP - 9 SN - 2352-5428 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/aebmr.k.200513.002 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/aebmr.k.200513.002 ID - Pagatiku2020 ER -