Autopsy Features of Fatal Donkey Attack

Lajos Fogel, Gyula Varga, Marta Hubay, E. Felszeghy, Peter Varga, Roger W. Byard

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Abstract

Lethal donkey attacks have very rarely been described. The case of a 65-year-old man who was found deceased on a country road with 2 domestic donkeys nearby is, therefore, reported. Examination of the body revealed contusions and lacerations of the face and scalp, a comminuted fracture of the left maxilla, comminuted fracturing of the right radius and ulna and of the left anterior superior iliac spine, a flail chest, and pulmonary contusions. In addition, there were bite marks on the left thigh, right buttock, right axilla/upper arm, and left cheek which corresponded to the dental arcades of the donkeys. Death had resulted from blunt chest trauma due to an attack by 1 or 2 donkeys. Deaths and serious injuries are much more commonly caused by horses; however, this case shows that even domesticated donkeys may also rarely be capable of inflicting significant trauma and so should be approached with circumspection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018

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Equidae
Autopsy
Contusions
Wounds and Injuries
Flail Chest
Comminuted Fractures
Ulna
Buttocks
Axilla
Cheek
Lacerations
Maxilla
Bites and Stings
Thigh
Scalp
Horses
Tooth
Spine
Arm
Thorax

Keywords

  • animal attack
  • bite
  • blunt trauma
  • death
  • donkey
  • trample

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Autopsy Features of Fatal Donkey Attack. / Fogel, Lajos; Varga, Gyula; Hubay, Marta; Felszeghy, E.; Varga, Peter; Byard, Roger W.

In: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 39, No. 4, 01.12.2018, p. 354-356.

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Fogel, Lajos ; Varga, Gyula ; Hubay, Marta ; Felszeghy, E. ; Varga, Peter ; Byard, Roger W. / Autopsy Features of Fatal Donkey Attack. In: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 2018 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 354-356.
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