Year: 1985 Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, v.30, no.4, (October 1985), p.1140-1147 SIEC No: 19851017

Correlations of the circumstances of death with the pathologic findings in this prospective study of deaths by hanging affords insights pertaining to certain of the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in fatalities of this type. The presence of conjunctival & facial periorbital petechial hemorrhages correlates with increasing levels of body support below the point of ligature suspension. Hyoid bone & or thyroid fractures are most frequently identified in those completely suspended. (7 ref.)