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Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Year : 2010, Volume : 27, Issue : 1
First page : ( 43) Last page : ( 46)
Print ISSN : 0971-1929. Online ISSN : 0974-4568.

A postmortem study of histopathological findings to determine the age of abrasion and laceration

Sharma Amit1,*MD, (Forensic Medicine)Senior Resident, Dikshit PC1LLB, MD, (Forensic Medicine)Director Professor, Aggrawal Anil1MD (Forensic Medicine)Professor, Mandal AK2MD (Pathology)Professor

1Department of Forensic Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi-11002.

2Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi-110002.

Corresponding Author: Dr Amit Sharma, Department of Forensic Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi-11002. Email: dcamitshanna@hotmail.com


To predict exact age of injury always remains a puzzle in the medical field because of wide range of variability occurring grossly during their healing process. Here a study on 60 injuries (30 each of abrasion and laceration) along with control done to compare between the gross and histopathological changes that occurred during their healing. Special stain (Van Gieson's connective tissue stain) alongwith routine H&E staining was used for this purpose. The results confirm the superiority of microscopic findings over naked eye changes.



Abrasion, Laceration, Histopathology, Age, H&E, Van Gieson sstain.


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