Proceedings of the International Conference on Law, Economics and Health (ICLEH 2020)

Suffocation Caused by Plastic Bag Covering the Face Combined with Cotton Wool Containing Premium Gasoline: A Forensic Pathology Case Report

Authors
Abigael S. Pagatiku, Muhammad Afiful Jauhani, Ahmad Yudianto, Soekri Ervan Kusuma
Corresponding Author
Abigael S. Pagatiku
Available Online 20 May 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/aebmr.k.200513.002How to use a DOI?
Keywords
gasoline, plastic bag, suffocation, cotton wool
Abstract
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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Volume Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Law, Economics and Health (ICLEH 2020)
Series
Advances in Economics, Business and Management Research
Publication Date
20 May 2020
ISBN
978-94-6252-969-4
ISSN
2352-5428
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/aebmr.k.200513.002How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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