An Atypical Self-Inflicted Abdominal Stab Injury: A Case Report

  • Arbin Shakya Department of Forensic Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Malshree Ranjitkar Department of Forensic Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sampanna Pandey Department of Surgery, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: abdominal stab injury, self-inflicted

Abstract

When dealing with cases of sharp force penetrating injuries, survival of the victim depends on injury to major blood vessels or major organs resulting in internal or external hemorrhage. Stab with intention of homicide although common, self inflicted stab injuries are less reported. We present an unusual self inflicted stab injury over an abdomen extending from front to back of the abdomen over epi-gastric region by a 52 years old male who managed to survive as it missed all the major blood vessels and solid organs that lied in between. On observation of characteristics of the wound, we have made an attempt to opine that the incident was self- inflicted with suicidal intentions.

Published
2019-12-17