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An uncommon cause of death in a pedal cyclist

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D.M.G. Fernando ,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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K.M.P.L. Dayaratne,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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B.G. Premaratne

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Correction: On 16th February 2017, the author  K. Peiris was removed from this paper. The author had been inadvertently included. This error is regretted. - Editor

A body found by the road without obvious fatal injury presents a considerable challenge to the forensic pathologist. A thorough autopsy is instrumental in eliciting the cause of death (COD) and reconstruction of events leading to the death in an unusual case. In the case described following autopsy, COD was given as hemorrhagic shock due to penetrating injury to the left jugular vein caused by glass. Retrospective examination of the crime scene helped in the reconstruction of events where a pedal-cyclist died after knocking on the side mirror of a parked lorry. The contributory factors highlight the need for a blood alcohol concentration limit for pedal-cyclists.

How to Cite: Fernando, D.M.G., Dayaratne, K.M.P.L. & Premaratne, B.G., (2017). An uncommon cause of death in a pedal cyclist. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine. 25(2), pp.39–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljm.v25i2.23
Published on 13 Feb 2017.
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