Volume 26, Issue 1 (January 1981)

    Postmortem Wound Dehiscence: A Medicolegal Masquerade

    (Received 6 May 1980; accepted 16 May 1980)

    Published Online: January


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    Postmortem artifactual changes associated with decomposition have been well reported throughout the forensic literature. The recognition and correct interpretation of these artifactual changes are of paramount importance in determining if injuries were sustained before or after death. Presented is a case report of surgical wound dehiscence associated with bloating in the postmortem decomposition state. Previously undescribed in the current forensic science literature, this entity can present difficulties in interpretation. The artifact is described and the methods used in its identification are discussed.

    Author Information:

    Coe, JI
    Chief medical examiner, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, Minneapolis, Minn.

    McGee, MB
    Assistant medical examiner, Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, St. Paul, Minn.

    Stock #: JFS11352J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11352J

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    Title Postmortem Wound Dehiscence: A Medicolegal Masquerade
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30