Publication: Fatal firearm injuries in autopsy cases at central Bangkok, Thailand: A 10-year retrospective study
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Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Vol.28, (2014), 5-10
Sithu Myint, Budsaba Rerkamnuaychoke, Vichan Peonim, Suda Riengrojpitak, Wisarn Worasuwannarak (2014). Fatal firearm injuries in autopsy cases at central Bangkok, Thailand: A 10-year retrospective study. Retrieved from: https://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/handle/123456789/34609.
Fatal firearm injuries in autopsy cases at central Bangkok, Thailand: A 10-year retrospective study
Even though there have been previously published reports on firearm injuries in various countries, the incidence and pattern of death from firearm injuries in Thailand have not been studied before. In present study, 149 fatal firearm injuries from 2002 to 2011 were reviewed. At total of 7126 autopsies, fatal firearm injuries comprised of 2.09% (n = 149) of total autopsies cases. Among those victims, 136 were male (91.3%), 13 (8.7%) were female. The youngest age of victim was 10 years and the oldest was 79 years. Mean age of the victims was 33.79 years and median age was 30 years. Outdoor incident was the most common scene of crime. Night time incident (18:00 PM-05:59 AM) was higher than day time one. Most of the cases occurred in week ends (n = 52). Homicide (77.2%) was the most frequent manner of death. Head/face and chest were the most common sites of entrance. The autopsy report also study on entrance wound, range and types of projectiles. Blood alcohol concentration was examined in 122 cases and 38 victims showed positive results, 11 cases revealed using of illegal substances in blood and urine analysis. This study also included the association between manner of death and other factors. Age group, time of incidence, place of incidence, number of entrance wound and range showed statistically significant association with manner of death.