Wolfgang Grellner

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Suicides with chain saws and circular saws are extreme exceptions, in particular with regard to females and concerning the neck region. We report two of such rare cases involving young women. A 30-year-old female with a known schizoaffective psychosis killed herself with an electric chain saw. The autopsy revealed a deep saw cut of the neck and shoulder(More)
Before an exhumation the question of its possible success usually arises. This paper aims to act as an aid by providing comprehensive lists ("expectation catalogues") of morphological and toxicological findings with their corresponding postmortem intervals. All organ systems are included. The results are based on the retrospective evaluation of 46(More)
A young nurse was found dead in her flat. In chemical-toxicological analysis the following femoral blood drug concentrations were determined: paroxetine 0.176 mg/l, doxepine 82.12 mg/l, desmethyldoxepine 0.34 mg/l. Additionally the drug concentrations were determined in various body fluids and organs. The results of the described fatality are discussed. For(More)
UNLABELLED The proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) hold important functions in the early and late courses of inflammation, trauma and wound healing. In the present study, human skin wounds due to sharp force (n = 105) were collected during surgery and autopsy. The wound(More)
Research on vitality and wound age estimation belongs to the classic fields in forensic medicine. Despite large literature data there is still considerable demand of further research and practical transfer of knowledge and techniques to daily casework. Scientific studies must fulfil basic criteria as to appropriate methods, selection of case material,(More)
Fibronectin plays an important role in tissue repair and wound healing. Previous literature reports indicated that fibronectin could be a marker of vitality for wounds with a survival time of more than a few minutes. In order to verify these findings were performed immunohistochemical investigations on the expression of fibronectin in incised wounds of(More)
UNLABELLED It is in dispute whether the occurrence of numerous alveolar macrophages and in particular pulmonary giant cells in cases of fatal asphyxia is associated with agonal activation and proliferation. The nature of these alveolar cells was investigated in selected fatalities with protracted final oxygen lack using immunohistochemistry (APAAP method)(More)
Proinflammatory cytokines play an important role in the mediation of inflammation and trauma. They could be useful for the determination of vitality and wound age. In the present study, 144 human skin wounds due to sharp force were investigated. The material was collected during operations (N=96) and postmortem examinations (N=48). The wound age varied from(More)
Pontocerebellar hypoplasia (PCH) is a very rare congenital (autosomal recessive) condition with fetal onset. Only a few cases have been published on the basis of both clinical data (symptoms/neuroradiological imaging) and autopsy results. This paper reports on such a case involving a 1.5-year-old male infant. The child suffered from severe psychomotor(More)
Pulmonary histopathology was studied in a group of 106 fatal strangulations including cases of hanging (n = 55; typical, n = 20; atypical, n = 35), ligature strangulation (n = 12), throttling (n = 15), combinations of throttling and ligature strangulation (n = 7) and other compressing force against neck (n = 17). The control group (n = 10) consisted of(More)