Challenges with Deceased and Body Parts Identification

  • Mauricio LynnEmail author


Large-scale explosions and plane crashes are good models for sudden mass casualty incidents (SMCIs) and may cause a large number of deaths and dismembered or fragmented bodies.

The identification process of deceased and body parts in such situations is one of the greatest challenges of managing SMCIs (Fig. 18.1).

Below is the list of techniques and frequency of their use in identifying corpses and body parts after explosions:
  • Personal recognition – 43%

  • Fingerprinting – 19%

  • Teeth examination – 13%

  • Personal documents – 10%

  • DNA testing – 10%

  • Specific signs – 5%

In rare situations, repatriation of deceased is necessary. It is important to remember that most countries prohibit air transport of bodies without previous embalmment.


Deceased Body parts Identification DNA Fingerprint Teeth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of SurgeryMiamiUSA

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