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Fatal subcutaneous emphysema by manja: a deadly string
  1. Nilesh Keshav Tumram1,
  2. Rajesh Vaijnathrao Bardale2,
  3. Pradeep Gangadhar Dixit3,
  4. Vipul Namdeorao Ambade1
  1. 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College, Miraj, Maharashtra, India
  3. 3Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nilesh Keshav Tumram, ntumram{at}


‘Manja’ is an abrasive string which is gummed, coloured and coated with powdered glass used in fighter kites in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chile, India, Nepal, Pakistan, etc. Subcutaneous emphysema occurs when gas or air is present in the subcutaneous layer of the skin either because of blunt and penetrating trauma, chest surgeries or by necrotising skin infections such as gangrene. Here, we present a case of subcutaneous emphysema owing to a cut-throat injury by ‘manja’, which is rare and has not been reported to date to the best of our knowledge.

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