Death due to electric current

Palimar, Vikram and Rastogi, Prateek and Kumar, Pradeep G and Bakkannavar, Shankar M (2009) Death due to electric current. Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, 31 (3). pp. 258-259. ISSN 0971-0973

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Proper investigation of injury and death from electrocution requires a high level of suspicion, as examination of the victim will more often prove negative. Electrical marks are produced when electric current encounters resistance from the skin. This resistance is maximum with dry skin and reduces when the body is wet. These classical features though suggestive of electrocution may not be seen in all cases. We report a case of fatal electrocution due to low-voltage current which although had features suggestive of entry wound of electric current, yet was inconclusive on histopathological examination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrocution, entry wound, low voltage current, resistance.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 05:42
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 05:42

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