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Minerva Medicolegale 2017 June;137(2):48-51

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4849.16.01761-2

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Spontaneous corification: a case of anomalous decomposition

Enrico DE DOMINICIS 1, Giovanni ARCUDI 2, Silvestro MAURIELLO 3, Luigi T. MARSELLA 3

1 Institute of Legal Medicine, “Tor Vergata”, University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 2 Department of Experimental Medicine and Surgery “Tor Vergata”, University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 3 Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, “Tor Vergata”, University of Rome, Rome, Italy


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We report a case of a natural corification of a woman found dead in her house after two years from her disappearance. The subject was a 63-year-old woman found in an apartment of a condominium located in the outskirts of Rome. Forensic autopsy showed a very well preserved corpse through a corification process with no external injuries observed. Corification is a special transformation process observed in corpses closed in metal lined coffins. This case report highlights the unusual characteristics of this special form of decomposition found in a domestic setting. The process producing this previously never encountered phenomenon is discussed.


KEY WORDS: Postmortem changes

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