Self-Induced Fatal Air Embolism: Accidental Autoerotic Death or Suicide?
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
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Journal of Forensic Sciences
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Volume 58, Issue Supplement s1, pages S261–S263, January 2013
How to Cite
Modelli, M. E. S., Rodrigues, M. S., Castro, B. Z. M. and Corrêa, R. S. (2013), Self-Induced Fatal Air Embolism: Accidental Autoerotic Death or Suicide?. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58: S261–S263. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02302.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 30 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 8 SEP 2011
- forensic science;
- air embolism;
Autoeroticism comprises behavior deviations aimed at producing sexual gratification through the manipulation of one's own body. The use of asphyxia and the induction of pain (masochism) are well-known examples. “Atypical forms” of such behaviors have appeared in the literature as isolated cases. Fatal air embolism is most common in women (causing abortion), being very rare in men (urethral trauma). The authors present a probable case of air embolism associated with signs of autoeroticism, instrumented by the delivery of air through a system formed by a compressor (typical of those used in refrigerators), a syringe barrel, a segment of latex tubing (tourniquet), and a needle, which was found inserted into the glans penis of an adult male. The hypothesis of accidental death was chosen due to the findings at the scene. The body was decomposing when found, which hampered the conduction of examinations.