Suicide by pencil

Leonardo Grimaldi, Fabio De Giorgio, Mara Masullo, G. B. Zoccai, Giovanni Martinotti, Juha Kaleva Rainio

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We report an unusual suicide, committed with a common pencil. A 72-year-old male inflicted himself a penetrating thoracic wound while being hospitalized for a hip prosthesis operation. Although the patient was immediately operated, the cardiac injury appeared to be fatal. Cases of suicidal penetrating wounds of the anterior chest wall are rare and they are mostly inflicted by knives, glass fragments, or other sharp instruments. The potential danger of a pencil should be taken into consideration, especially in psychiatric hospitals and imprisonment facilities. We examined the legislation in Italy and Finland concerning the regulation of privacy in special care institutions. Copyright © 2005 by ASTM International.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)913-914
Numero di pagine2
RivistaJournal of Forensic Sciences
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2005


  • Finland
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Heart Injuries
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Shock, Cardiogenic
  • Suicide
  • Wounds, Penetrating
  • aged
  • anamnesis
  • article
  • autopsy
  • case report
  • clinical feature
  • depression
  • device
  • heart injury
  • hip prosthesis
  • human
  • intensive care
  • legal aspect
  • male
  • mental hospital
  • pencil
  • penetrating trauma
  • priority journal
  • prison
  • safety
  • suicidal behavior
  • thorax injury, Aged


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