Choking in adults can prove fatal, despite resuscitation attempts. The manner of death can be natural, homicide or accident. When a death is due to choking, one must consider what conditions contributed to or predisposed the person to choking (eg. alcohol, drugs and physical and mental impairments). Homicidal deaths by choking are relatively uncommon, being more frequently accidental. The diagnosis of death by choking is made at autopsy when the airway is found occluded. If the individual had an occluded airway and the object or food was removed during resuscitation, the only way to make the diagnosis would be on the history. Here, we present a case of asphyxia (accidental or suicidal) by choking on a handkerchief in a patient with a long history of schizophrenia. The woman had attempted a previous suicide driven by evil spirits coming from inside her body, especially from the head and throat; in order to "shut-up" the spirit, she was trying to suffocate it with her hands or by a belt from her pants.
|Titolo:||A singular case of asphyxia by choking on a handkerchief: Accidental event or suicide to "shut-up" spirits|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|