Harun Tuğcu

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With the increasing frequency of mass disasters, identification of an isolated upper extremity and determination of the stature of the person it belonged to have created problems for investigation of the identity of some victims. Despite a need for such a study, there is a lack of systematic studies to identify fragmented and dismembered human remains. The(More)
The aim of this study is to predict how long after time of death a buried body could be analyzed for opiates in soft tissues and to show the accessibility and suitability of bone marrow as a useful toxicological specimen from buried bodies. Morphine solutions were injected in nine albino rabbits. Doses ranged from 0.3 to 1.1 mg/kg with 0.1 mg/kg increments.(More)
The objective of the present work was to investigate the laryngeal branching pattern of the inferior laryngeal nerve (ILN) in detail before the branches entered the larynx. In 49 specimens 96 sides were examined for this project, including 27 males and 22 female cadavers. In 7 sides (7.3%, 5 on the left and 2 on the right) the ILN passed as a single trunk(More)
Anthropometric technique commonly used by anthropologists and adopted by medical scientists has been employed to estimate body size for over a hundred years. With the increasing frequency of mass disasters, the identification of an isolated lower extremity and the stature of the person it belonged to has created problems for the investigation of the(More)
It has been suggested that some microorganisms may play a role in the etiology or progression of atherosclerotic plaques. The purpose of this study was to assess for the presence of Helicobacter pylori and cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique in vascular-wall specimens obtained during autopsy. Four to 5 mm long samples(More)
It is important to investigate the clothing, as well as the body, to determine the range of fire of entry wounds in firearm injuries. Clothing can affect the amount of gunshot residues (GSR) reaching the body and their distribution. The amount and distribution of the GSR also vary according to the distance between the firearm and the target. Sodium(More)
Rationale for the decision to transport and assessment of available resources are integral components of the decision for aeromedical evacuation of critically ill patients. We present the case of a 20-year-old man who sustained significant trauma after his vehicle struck a land mine. This case reviews and emphasizes the factors to consider in arriving at(More)
Blank cartridge guns, which are produced for self-defence needs and considered harmless, can be easily purchased by adults due to lack of legal regulations. We present this case because injuries caused by gunshot from blank cartridges may be fatal and are rarely encountered in emergency departments. A 3-year-old boy was brought to the emergency department(More)
BACKGROUND Although in the past few authors stated that the nerve penetrated the ligament of Berry, many new authors have not confirmed this assertion. Because of the clinical importance and indefiniteness of this subject, we aimed to present an anatomical study concerning the course of the inferior laryngeal nerve. METHOD In 60 specimens, 102 sides were(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate various cases of death caused by electrical injuries among Turkish military personnel. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed fatality cases of military personnel between 1994 and 2013 at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, the only forensic medicine center for(More)