Death due to Positional Asphyxia – a Case Report
International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Forensic Medicine,
Vol. 6 No. 3(Summer) (2016),
Background: Positional asphyxia is virtually always an accident and is associated with alcohol or drug intoxication. In positional asphyxia individuals do get trapped in restricted spaces.
Case Report: We are presenting a case of 26-years old young adult male, who was intoxicated with alcohol, positioned himself in such a way that it led to his death due to positional asphyxia.
Conclusion: The positional asphyxia has been defined as asphyxia caused due to unusual position of the body which interferes with the breathing and thus pulmonary ventilation The cases of positional asphyxia are difficult to diagnose because of the absence of any specific external findings.
- Positional Asphyxia
How to Cite
Roussos C, Macklem PT. The respiratory muscles. N Engl J Med. 1982;307:786.
Ward M, Macklem PT. The act of breathing and how it fails. Chest. 1990;97:36S.
Vincent J. DiMaio D. Forensic Pathology, 2nd edition, CRC Press LLC. Florida: 241; 2001.
Belviso M, De Donno A, Vitale L, Introna F. Positional asphyxia: Reflection on 2 cases. Am J For Med Pathol. 2003;24:292-97.
Bell MD, Rao VJ, Wetli CV, Rodriguez RN. Positional asphyxiation in adults. A series of 30 cases from the Dade and Broward County Florida Medical Examiner Offices from 1982 to 1990, Am Journal Forensic Medicine. Pathology. 1992;13:101–7.
Swann H, Brugger M. The cardiorespiratory and biochemical events during rapid anoxic death-obstructive asphyxia. Tex Rep Biol Med. 1949;7:593-603.
Purdue B. An unusual accidental death from reverse suspension. American Journal Forensic Medicine Pathology. 1992;13:108-11.
Iannaccone S, Grocova Z, Bobrov N, et al. Death in an unusual body position. Soud Lek. 2001;46:58-61.
Madea B. Death in a head-down position. Forensic Science International. 1993;61:119-32.
Bell MD, Rao VJ, Wetli CV, et al. Positional Asphyxiation in adults. A series of 30 cases from the Dade and Broward county Florida medical examiner offices from 1982 to 1990. American Journal forensic Medicine Pathoogyl. 1992;13:101-7.
Saukko P, Knight B. Suffocation and asphyxia. In: Knight B, Forensic Pathology. London: Arnold. 2004:352-67.
- Abstract Viewed: 953 times
- PDF Downloaded: 1709 times