Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Biting Through an Arteriovenous Hemodialysis Graft: An Unusual Method of Suicide

Buy Article:

$52.00 + tax (Refund Policy)


Patients on long-term hemodialysis often have multiple medical and social problems with associated psychological stress and depression. The suicide rate in this population is higher than the general population, and suicides have been reported following severing or disconnection of hemodialysis vascular access sites. We report a patient on chronic hemodialysis with a history of depression and suicidal ideation who bit into his forearm arteriovenous graft and exsanguinated.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: arteriovenous dialysis graft; chronic renal failure; dialysis; forensic science; hemorrhage; human bite; suicide

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York, NY 10016.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more