Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine

Peer-review medical journal

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The peer-review medical journal "Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine" aimed to provide the very latest information both in research, practical and educational areas related to a wide range of fields across the forensic sciences. Fields include forensic pathology and histochemistry, chemistry, biochemistry and toxicology, biology, serology, odontology, psychiatry, anthropology, digital forensics, the physical sciences, firearms, and document examination, as well as investigations of value to public health in its broadest sense, and the important marginal area where science and medicine interact with the law. The journal publishers original researches, reviews, case reports, commentaries, letters to the editor, clinical and laboratory observations by Russian and international authors, pertinent to readers in CIS countries and around the world.                 View full aims & scope

Publication frequency

  • Quarterly, 4 issues per year
  • Continuously Ahead-of-Print (Online First)

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  • English
  • Russian

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  • Open Access, under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

 

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Announcements

 

The "Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine" starts to publish articles in Chinese

Posted: 30.09.2022

The Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine has started publishing articles in Chinese. From the issue 3 (2022) each article will be published with necessary data in Chinese (title, abstract, keywords). In addition, the editors of the journal begin accepting manuscripts from authors in Chinese.

The "Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine" in the Russian Science Citation Index

Posted: 08.08.2022

The working group on quality assessment and selection of journals decided to include the "Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine" in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

Press release dated June 23, 2022.

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Posted: 17.12.2021

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Current Issue

Vol 8, No 3 (2022)

ORIGINAL STUDY ARTICLES

A study of morphological changes in the mandible associated with sexual dimorphism: a digital panoramic study
Patil K., Harshitha N., Sanjay C., Nagabhushana D., Renuka D., Viveka S.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: In forensic anthropology, osteological remains are widely used to assess various characteristics of a person, which helps in establishing the identity of the deceased or serves as additional evidence in controversial cases.

AIMS: The study aimed to measure, compare and distinguish the gender-related changes in the mandible among dentate of different age groups on digital panoramic radiographic images and to evaluate their reliability in sex determination that might serve as evidence in forensics.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Digital panoramic images were obtained for 420 patients, which included 210 males and 210 females. Various parameters such as gonial angle, condylar length, ramus length, cortical bone thickness and ramal notch width were measured and evaluated. The data obtained was subjected to descriptive statistical analysis and two-way ANOVA test.

RESULTS: Comparison between gender groups showed statistically significant differences in all parameters with p <0.05 except the ramal notch width. The mean value of all parameters, was found to be comparatively higher in males. Among the groups, gonial angle and ramus length were found to be higher on right side, but in ramal notch width it was higher on left. The condylar length among males showed greater value on right side, and females showed greater value on left side. The cortical bone thickness among males depicted greater value on left side, and females depicted greater value on right side. Thus, all parameters except the ramal notch width were found to be reliable in sex determination.

CONCLUSION: It was found that males had greater value when compared to females. Hence, this study recommends the use of these parameters for the purpose of sex determination.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):5-15
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The variability of palm print ridge density among Egyptians regarding distribution and sex discrimination
Ramadan N., Ahmed A.M.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sex determination, as a part of the biological profile of a victim or assailant, plays an important role in resolving different forensic cases as it reduces susceptibility to its half (fifty percent). Previous studies highlighted the role of palm print in sex identification, however, these studies were little when compared to fingerprints.

AIM: To estimate the density of palm print ridges and to make an equation for establishing gender using gender parameters for a specific population (Egyptians).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 200 healthy young adults (113 males and 87 males, aged 18–22 years) from Cairo city, Egypt. The palm prints were taken by inking method and four areas of the palm print were analyzed to count the ridge density of each palm print area.

RESULTS: Females describe higher ridge density than males in all palm areas with a significant high statistical difference (p <0.001) for all areas of both hands. The areas of highest sexual discriminatory power for the right palm was Palmar area 4 (P4) and for the left palm was Palmar area 1 (P1) and sex could be accurately identified at an accuracy of 70%. In addition, there was a significant correlation for ridge density in each palm area and other palm areas.

CONCLUSION: The current study raises hope for the usage of palm print a newly added tool for sex identification in the forensic field, thus decreasing suspicion by fifty percent.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):17-27
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Establishment of the fact and features of a substance barrier made of multilayer and combined materials transferRED by a firearm
Kuzmina V.A., Pinchuk P.V., Leonov S.V., Suhareva M.A.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Currently, issues of establishing the fact of a person wounded by a firearm through a specific type of obstacle or due to a ricochet, as well as the identification of the obstacle material, have not been practically studied.

AIMS: To establish the fact and features of materials of multilayer and combined barriers (triplex, combined barrier made of keremogranite and foam concrete) transferred by a firearm when fired with 5.45×39 cartridges from a special shortened Kalashnikov assault rifle

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Shots were fired through various types of obstacles using a biological simulator of the human body from a 5-m distance. All experiments were recorded using high-speed video shooting with a Sony RX0 video camera having a frequency of 1000 frames/s. Bullets and their fragments that are extracted from the bullet trap or biological target tissues, after appropriate processing, were examined using a Leica M125 microscope, a Hitachi FlexSem 1000 II scanning electron microscope, and a Bruker Quantax 80 energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer.

RESULTS: Light microscopy of the firearms that overcame the obstacle revealed the presence of a characteristic bullet deformation when it breaks through each type of the studied obstacle. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersion analysis (EDX) revealed the presence of overlays of barrier particles in each case on the entire surface of both deformed bullets and fragments of their shells and cores.

CONCLUSION: The conducted experimental study revealed SEM/EDX as a reliable method to establish the fact of a gunshot wound of a person through a barrier of multilayer and combined materials.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):29-35
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Dynamics and structure of forensic medical investigations of violent death in St. Petersburg over the past 10 years
Bozhchenko A.P., Isakov V.D., Yagmurov O.D., Yakovenko O.O., Nazarov Y.V.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Among other things, changes in the structure of forensic medical expert material serve as an indicator of dynamic processes in society. The levels of injuries and violent and nonviolent death somehow depend on the state of the economy and health care in the region and the state as a whole. In recent years, the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was proclaimed as a pandemic with tangible social and economic damage to States, has been one of the determining factors.

AIMS: This study aimed to investigate the dynamics of the volume and structure of violent death in the Russian Federation over the past 10 years, including the pandemic period, using the megalopolis example.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study reviewed the annual reports of the Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination of St. Petersburg using data grouping, frequency analysis, correlation analysis, comparison, system analysis, and inductive generalization.

RESULTS: Over the past 10 years, several significant changes have occurred in St. Petersburg in the scope and structure of forensic medical investigations of violent deaths. The main positive trend was a decreased absolute and relative number of cases of violent death. Statistically significantly (p <0.05) decreased number of cases of transport injuries, injuries resulting from the action of blunt and sharp objects, gunshot, thermal injury, and mechanical asphyxia, as well as poisoning with ethanol and carbon monoxide, significantly decreased infant mortality, and fewer unidentified and unclaimed corpses were observed. Additionally, a steady increase in the number of drug poisoning was found, and the fatal injury level due to falling from a height remained consistently high. The background incidence of COVID-19 in 2020 was 2.4–3.2%.

CONCLUSION: The proportion of cases of falling from a height, thermal burns, and strangulation with a noose increased among the dead with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, and transport (primarily rail), gunshot and explosive injuries, cases of drowning, poisoning with drugs, and alcohol detection in the biological environments of the body of the victims were less common.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):37-46
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Morphological signs of fatal acute general cold injury in the air
Chudakov A.Y., Bozhchenko A.P., Khrustaleva Y.A., Tolmachev I.A.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cold trauma is one of the leading causes of violent death in the Russian Federation due to the peculiarities of its geographical location. The pathophysiological processes occurring in the human body during hypothermia remain insufficiently studied despite a large number of studies, and quantitative characteristics of diagnostic signs most often used in expert practice are not precise.

AIMS: To clarify and supplement the complex characteristic and pathognomonic macro- and microscopic signs of fatal acute general cold injury

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Morphological signs of death from general hypothermia were analyzed based on the materials of forensic medical examinations concerning 460 corpses of people who died from hypothermia in the air using descriptive statistics, content-, and formal-logical methods.

RESULTS: The macro- and microscopic signs of cold injury have been clarified, supplemented, and systematized. A quantitative assessment of the frequency of occurrence (detectability) of diagnostically significant signs, most often used in expert practice, is given. The main signs of death from general hypothermia include ischemia of the “shell” in combination with fullness and edema of the “core” of the body, blood thickening with coagulations, micro- and macrothrombosis with hemorrhages into internal organs (brain, brain membranes, heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, etc.), spasm (rigor mortis) of various muscle groups, and trophic and necrotic changes in internal organs.

CONCLUSION: The revealed signs of death from general acute deep hypothermia in the air expand the existing ideas about the complex characters and pathognomonic signs in this type of injury and allows reliable differential diagnosis of the cause of death during the forensic examination of a corpse.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):47-55
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Population health organizational monitoring technologies in the Russian Federation
Cherkasov S.N., Fedyaeva A.V., Meshkov D.O., Zolotarev P.N., Moroz I.N.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The present stage of modern civilization is characterized as a political, social, economic, and climatological evolution, with which the issue of effective functioning of the health system, population health status study and analysis, and ensuring control and management of the processes of public health formation is acute. This task can be conducted only within the framework of population health monitoring measures.

AIMS: The study aimed to analyze the organizational technology for monitoring population health in the Russian Federation.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of expert assessments of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on the Family of International Classifications of Information Coding Quality and the results of the discussion at conferences on the problems of population health monitoring were used.

RESULTS: The organization of systemic monitoring as a method of managing public health should include the definition of a set of informative monitoring parameters, as well as clear mechanisms for collecting and analyzing data. Additional parameters shall be possible if necessary.

CONCLUSION: Monitoring should be based on a family of international classifications, but derived classifications should be developed and used as a link between statistical and clinical classifications. The organization of systemic monitoring as a method of managing public health should include the definition of a set of informative monitoring parameters, as well as clear mechanisms for collecting and analyzing data, with possible additional parameters if necessary.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):57-66
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Clinical and expert assessment of the state of dental prostheses in patients with complaints of intolerance
Manin O.I., Romodanovskiy P.O., Dubova L.V., Zolotnitskiy I.V.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The phenomenon of intolerance to denture structural materials is a multidisciplinary medical issue that necessitates close cooperation between dentists and doctors of other specialties. Criteria for clinical and expert assessment of denture condition are proposed, which will help develop tactics and algorithms for examining patients with intolerance symptoms. Hence, the differential diagnosis of this pathology will be improved, which will increase the effectiveness of dental orthopedic treatment and significantly reduce the number of complaints.

AIM: To analyze clinical and expert assessment of denture conditions in patients with complaints of intolerance to dental orthopedic structural materials

MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a survey of 486 people with complaints of intolerance at the age of 45 to 89 years with fixed dentures from 2020 to 2022 (174 males and 312 females). All patients, depending on age, were divided into three groups. The denture condition and the time of manufacture were assessed.

RESULTS: The examination revealed that the use of dentures ranged from 1 month to 37 years. The analysis of the state of metal-ceramic, ceramic, and prostheses made of zirconium dioxide revealed that orthopedic dental treatment using these structural materials is the most optimal.

CONCLUSION: The elderly had the most inconsistent dentures, which is reflected in the number of those who applied with this pathology. Compliance with denture operating conditions and the use of modern structural materials significantly reduces the number of complaints about intolerance phenomena.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):67-75
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REVIEWS

Neurological consequences of dental treatment: prospects for expert criteria
Griga E.S., Bozhchenko A.P., Tolmachev I.A., Borisova E.G.
Abstract

Recently, a consistently high number of appeals to law enforcement agencies and courts of patients regarding unfavorable outcomes of dental (therapeutic, surgical, orthopedic, and orthodontic) treatment was reported. A significantly increased number of neuropathies due to the shortcomings of medical care was found.

This study analyzed the modern literature data on defects and shortcomings in the provision of dental care to patients. A consistently high number of commission and complex forensic medical examinations of the dental profile were noted. The absence of criteria for assessing the neurological consequences of dental treatment was revealed.

Study results determined the scientific directions for studying the neurological consequences of dental treatment.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):77-84
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CASE REPORTS

Determination of the mechanism of formation of cranio-brain injury in consideration of the data of multispiral computed tomography: a case from expert practice
Li Y.B., Vishniakova M.V., Klevno V.А.
Abstract

In everyday practice, a forensic doctor, among other things, solves the problem of accurate determination of the injury mechanism to correctly emphasize an investigation in a criminal case or based on a preliminary check, when the degree of guilt of each of the defendants in the case is established. The significance of each suspect’s “contribution” to the commission of the crime is determined by who bears the responsibility for the deed. The types of injuries in the injured person resulted from the direct impact of another person, which is simply a result of a fatal combination of circumstances at a given point in time. In such a situation, a clear answer to the question about the mechanism of injury often allows the person investigating to adequately qualify the actions of the suspect following the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The situation is complicated in the examination of the victims, accused, and other persons (living persons) because unlike the examination of corpses, the forensic expert is deprived of the opportunity to examine the “native material” in detail and is limited only to the data of medical documents, and the laboratory results and instrumental research methods and examination of the subject are often presented by the investigating authorities after a long period after the incident.

The results of multislice computed tomography of the brain, as a more accurate diagnostic method than standard radiography, combined with the study of the presented case materials, made it possible to consistently determine that the complex of injuries that collectively formed a traumatic brain injury in the case of a severe traumatic brain injury, was exclusively formed as a result of a fall with a blow on a hard blunt object, thereby distinguishing between damage to the impact and counter-impact zones.

The analysis of this expert case confirms the importance of using modern methods of radiation diagnostics in forensic medicine, particularly, in determining the traumatic brain injury mechanisms.

The above case from expert practice demonstrates the importance of studying both the results of accurate methods of radiation diagnostics (multispiral computed tomography) and case materials submitted by investigative authorities to determine the mechanism of traumatic brain injury, especially in the examinations of victims, accused, and others.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):85-92
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Application of cytological research methods to solve the question of the organic origin of animal horns
Maltseva A.Y., Stolyarov A.P.
Abstract

Conducting forensic examinations is the leading evidentiary mechanism in the investigation and disclosure of poaching cases. During the investigation, animal derivatives (horns, hooves, and feathers) are found and seized from poachers in addition to clothing, crime instruments, and animal carcasses. Currently, the expensive horns of artiodactyls are of the greatest value for extraction, and their quality is largely determined by the correctness of processing from the remnants of blood, skin, and hair. Such processing precludes the use of biological methods of analysis to determine the organic origin of the seized derivatives, and genetic examination is complicated by the lack of proper laboratory equipment, appropriate reagents, and the high cost of analysis.

The expert of the forensic biological department of the State Medical Institution of the Penza region should have established the organic origin of animal horns, presumably saiga, based on the decision on the examination appointment. The study included14 pieces of animal horns seized from persons suspected of poaching.

Microparticles were obtained from the peripheral and central parts of the horns, from which pressed preparations were prepared, followed by their staining and microscopy during the study. Luminescent microscopy of preparations from solid plates of the central part of the horn stained with fluorochromes revealed osteocytes, which are cellular characteristics of bone tissue. Epithelial cells that form the basis of the horn cover were detected when azur-eosin stained small particles from the peripheral part of the horn.

The identification of these cell types provides sufficient grounds to conclude the organic origin of the horns presented for research.

Russian Journal of Forensic Medicine. 2022;8(3):93-98
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