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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 388-391

Near hanging: Early intervention can save lives


Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi, India

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Ritika Gandhi
H. No. 506, Janaki Apartments, Plot-7, Sector-22, Dwarka, New Delhi - 110 075
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.84863

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Hanging is a common method of suicide/homicide in the Indian scenario. We report three successive cases of attempted suicidal hangings seen over a period of 4 months in our intensive care wards. All of them presented gasping with poor clinical status and required immediate intubation, resuscitation, assisted ventilation and intensive care treatment. None had cervical spine injury, but one patient developed aspiration pneumonia. All the three patients received standard supportive intensive care and made full clinical recovery without any neurological deficit. We conclude that the cases of near hanging should be aggressively resuscitated and treated irrespective of dismal initial presentation. This is well supported by the excellent outcomes in our cases despite their poor initial condition.


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