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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-23

Medicolegal Review of Burns - A Prospective Study

1 Department of Forensic Medicine, J. N. Medical College, Hospital AMU, Aligarh, India
2 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, J. N. Medical College, Hospital AMU, Aligarh, India

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Reader, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, J. N.Medical College, Hospital, A.M.U, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. PIN: 202002
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A series 403 patients of burns were analyzed to review the epidemiological and medicolegal aspect. The study revealed Female (53.1%) predominance with female-male ratio 1.13: 1. Most of the victims of burn were between 13 to 25 years (41.5%) with mean age 27.5year-s. Married (72.5%) outnumbered unmarried. Kerosene stove was the main causative agent with kerosene as the accelerant. The overall mortality was 26.0%. Extensive Total body surface area (TBSA) burnt had significant association with sex showing that female patients have higher risk for more extensive burns. There were 379 cases (94.0%) of accidental burns, 15 cases (3.8%) of homicidal burn and 9 cases (2.2%) of suicidal burn. Percentage of homicidallsuicidal burns underestimate the true incidence due to false dying declaration recorded by the victim and these burns may be classified as accidental due to lack of evidence.

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