Volume 44, Issue 4 (July 1999)

    Centipede Inflicted Postmortem Injury

    (Received 2 October 1998; accepted 13 November 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    We here report the first case of postmortem injury caused by a centipede. An old man was found dead in his bedroom. The death was estimated to be due to intracranial hemorrhage and to have occurred two days before the police inspection. A centipede about 12 cm long emerged from a subcutaneous cavity on the victim's forearm. Obviously, the centipede had dug the cavity on the intact skin. A police inspector was bitten by the centipede, so he stepped on the centipede on the floor. The exudate from the insect was identified to be derived from the victim's blood.


    Author Information:

    Asa, K
    Chief inspector and deputy chief inspector, Yamaguchi Prefectural Police Headquaters, Yamaguchi,

    Harada, K
    Research associate, medical student, and professor, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi,

    Yoshida, K
    Research associate, medical student, and professor, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi,

    Imachi, T
    Chief inspector and deputy chief inspector, Yamaguchi Prefectural Police Headquaters, Yamaguchi,

    Yamaguchi, Y
    Research associate, medical student, and professor, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi,


    Stock #: JFS14565J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14565J

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    Title Centipede Inflicted Postmortem Injury
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30