Intramuscular injection of "site enhancement oil": forensic considerations

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2015 Jun;36(2):53-5. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000137.


The use of intramuscular injection of foreign substances for aesthetic purposes is well known. Complications are usually local to the site of injection but can be potentially lethal. Here, we present a case of "site enhancement oil" use in a 42-year-old man who died from asphyxia due to hanging. Macroscopic and microscopic changes as well as computed tomographic changes in injected musculature are described and the potentially lethal adverse effects after site enhancement oil use are warranted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asphyxia / pathology
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / pathology*
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Male
  • Multidetector Computed Tomography
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology
  • Neck Injuries / pathology
  • Oils / administration & dosage*
  • Oils / adverse effects*


  • Oils