Autopsy findings of suicidal deaths committed by firearms in Ankara, Turkey

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Autopsy findings of suicidal deaths committed by firearms in Ankara, Turkey

Category: International, Suicide|Journal: Medicine, Science and the Law (full text)|Author: A Odabasi, G Cantur, M Bosgelmez, N Canturk, Z Erkol|Year: 2009

The purpose of this study was to examine autopsy findings from suicidal deaths using firearms in Ankara, Turkey, and to compare the results with those reported from other studies.

We retrospectively evaluated suicidal deaths by firearms referred for autopsy to the Morgue Department, Institute of Forensic Medicine, between 2002 and 2004. Results were subjected to discriminant analyses using SPSS 11.5 package program.

One hundred and fifteen cases (83.3%) were male, the ratio of male to female was 5 to 1 and the mean age was 31.96 years (range:12-85 years). Forty cases were aged between 12 years and 20 years, 28 were aged between 0 and 18 (20.29%). One hundred and thirty-three cases (96.4%) had one bullet entry and five cases (3.6%) had two bullet entries. Out of 143 bullet entries, 116 (81.12%) were caused by gunshots fired from contact or near contact range. Regarding bullet entry sites, 103 (72.03%) were on the head with 56 (54.37%) located on the right temporal region.

Gunshot related crimes are an increasing cause for concern in Turkey. However, a simple preventive measure may prevent the suicidal deaths of many young people.

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