Intracranial injuries by a screwdriver

Forensic Sci Int. 1995 Dec 29;76(3):211-6. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(95)01824-7.


Two patients with unusual intracranial foreign bodies are presented. Intracranial injuries produced by a piece of screwdriver as a wounding agent have not yet been reported in the literature. In one of our two cases we had to deal with homicide and in another with accidental self-inflicted injury. Both patients died, 5 and 14 days, respectively, after successful removal of the foreign body. In both cases death was due to brain ischaemia and the resulting oedema secondary to arterial injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Adolescent
  • Brain Injuries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Injuries* / pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Foreign Bodies* / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies* / pathology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Wounds, Stab* / diagnostic imaging
  • Wounds, Stab* / pathology