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Stabbing? Cause
  1. John Matthew O’Callaghan1,
  2. Jessica Bewick2,
  3. Alistair Paice2,
  4. Philip Ng2
  1. 1
    George Eliot Hospital, General Surgery, College Street, Nuneaton, CV10 1DJ, UK
  2. 2
    University Hospital Lewisham, General Surgery, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH, UK
  1. John Matthew O’Callaghan, ocallaghan.john{at}

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A 57-year-old woman presented to the Casualty department with seven self-inflicted superficial stab wounds to the neck and one to the abdominal wall: a deliberate suicide attempt following 2 years of depression. All wounds were sutured in Casualty, where a thin, transverse scar was noted above the suprasternal notch (fig 1). This scar had been present …

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