Herein, we present an uncommon forensic case of death by asphyxia. The victim was a woman whose body at death scene investigation (DSI) was discovered beside an ottoman storage bed. According to the rescue team, who had moved the body before our arrival, the body was originally found in the prone position and stuck with the neck, thorax and arms within the bed. Examination of the body showed hypostasis that was mainly distributed to the face and the lower chest while sparing the neck and the upper chest. The face was markedly swollen, and the eyes were congested with blood. Dissection and histology revealed pulmonary oedema and emphysema of both lungs. Integrating circumstantial, radiology and autopsy data, it was established that the victim, while trapped between the mattress and the edge of the ottoman storage bed, died by mechanical asphyxia due to cervical-thoracic compression and postural asphyxia acting simultaneously.

Entrapment within an ottoman storage bed: an unusual accidental asphyxial death

Cinquetti, Alessandro;Franchetti, Giorgia;Fichera, Giulia;Giraudo, Chiara;Viel, Guido;Cecchetto, Giovanni
2022

Abstract

Herein, we present an uncommon forensic case of death by asphyxia. The victim was a woman whose body at death scene investigation (DSI) was discovered beside an ottoman storage bed. According to the rescue team, who had moved the body before our arrival, the body was originally found in the prone position and stuck with the neck, thorax and arms within the bed. Examination of the body showed hypostasis that was mainly distributed to the face and the lower chest while sparing the neck and the upper chest. The face was markedly swollen, and the eyes were congested with blood. Dissection and histology revealed pulmonary oedema and emphysema of both lungs. Integrating circumstantial, radiology and autopsy data, it was established that the victim, while trapped between the mattress and the edge of the ottoman storage bed, died by mechanical asphyxia due to cervical-thoracic compression and postural asphyxia acting simultaneously.
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