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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 287-289  

Sudden death of a middle-aged man with an artificial vagina in situ


1 Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Forensic Medicine, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka
3 Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Legal Medicine and Toxicology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date of Web Publication19-Oct-2016

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Muditha Vidanapathirana
Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.192592

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   Abstract 

Artificial vaginas are designed to imitate the female sex organ. This is the first reported case in the forensic literature of a man being pronounced dead with an artificial vagina in situ. A middle-aged man was found unconscious in a bathroom when the door was forced open and was pronounced dead on admission. Autopsy revealed that the penis was inside an artificial vagina. There were no injuries, but there were left ventricular hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis, and narrow coronaries. The cause of death was ascertained as ischemic heart disease due to coronary atherosclerosis and the comments included were no evidence of violence, and ischemic heart disease could have been precipitated due to abnormal sexual activity. If removal of artificial vagina was done before the admission, this circumstance could not have ascertained. Removal of such devices before admission to hospitals could be the reason why such incidents do not come to light.

Keywords: Artificial vagina, in situ, sudden death


How to cite this article:
Vidanapathirana M, Ruwanpura RP, Amararatne SR. Sudden death of a middle-aged man with an artificial vagina in situ. Int J App Basic Med Res 2016;6:287-9

How to cite this URL:
Vidanapathirana M, Ruwanpura RP, Amararatne SR. Sudden death of a middle-aged man with an artificial vagina in situ. Int J App Basic Med Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Sep 17];6:287-9. Available from: http://www.ijabmr.org/text.asp?2016/6/4/287/192592


   Introduction Top


Artificial vaginas are designed to imitate the female sex organ and to achieve this, they are made out of a soft material, lubricated, and sometimes heated.[1] Further, the artificial vaginas are made for medical research purposes, animal breeding, or as a sex toy for erotic stimulation.[1] They can be internal or external artificial vaginas. The internal artificial vagina (IAV) usually permits semen sampling, as well as mating ability evaluation among animals.[2] IAVs of male-to-female transsexuals' are constructed by penile skin invagination.[3] In females with vaginal agenesis, an artificial vagina is surgically made at the site of the absent vagina.[4]

An artificial vagina for the purposes of human sexual stimulation is essentially an aid to human masturbation, and it is designed to simulate the sensation of sexual intercourse. It will often have moving parts such as vibrators that increase stimulation.[5]

In this instance, a middle-aged male was found dead in his bathroom with an artificial vagina in situ. This is the first such reported case in the forensic literature.


   Case Report Top


Wife of the deceased heard that her 46-year-old husband was shouting in the bathroom around 6 pm. The door of the bathroom was forced open and the deceased was found lying unconscious. He was clad in sarong and bare-chested. There was no evidence of any pornographic material in the bathroom. He had been brought to a tertiary care hospital of Sri Lanka within half an hour, but was pronounced dead on admission.

He was a carpenter by profession and had no history of any significant illness including diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, or on long-term treatment, but was a chronic smoker.

Autopsy revealed that he was an average-built and moderately-nourished person. A whitish froth was found over the nostrils. There was no external evidence of diseases or injuries. After removing the sarong, it was evident that the penis was inside an artificial sex toy, an in situ artificial vagina [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. On inspection of the artificial vagina, evidence of ejaculation was not apparent, and the laboratory report for seminal or sperms was negative. There was no history of previous similar practices, and the wife was not aware about this apparatus.
Figure 1: In situ artificial vagina

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Figure 2: The artificial vagina after removal

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Lungs showed congestion, and the airways were filled with froth. Complicated atheromatous plaques were found mainly in the infrarenal part of the aorta.

The heart was 350 g in weight, and the lumen of the left anterior descending artery was pinpoint [Figure 3], the right coronary and left circumflex branches showed more than 75% narrowing. The left ventricle was hypertrophied, and fibrotic areas were found in the anterior, lateral, and posterior walls. Other organs including brain were unremarkable. Musculoskeletal dissection revealed no injuries. Blood was negative for alcohol and common poisons. Histopathology revealed atheroma in coronaries and fibrosis in the myocardium. Lungs showed pulmonary edema, and other organs including kidneys and brain were unremarkable.
Figure 3: The lumen of the anterior descending artery was pinpoint

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The cause of death was ischemic heart disease due to coronary artery atherosclerosis. In addition, the following comments were made. (a) No evidence of violence, (b) toxicology tests were negative, (c) histopathology re-confirmed the cause of death, and (d) ischemic heart disease could have been precipitated due to indulging abnormal sexual activity using an artificial vagina.


   Discussion Top


Usually, the artificial vagina for human sexual stimulation has a realistic or close to realistic appearance with a sleeve, where the penis can be inserted.[5] However, in this case, such sleeve was not found and did not simulate the real appearance of female vulva.

Ischemic heart disease is the most common cause of sudden death, and the coronary atheroma is the most common contributor.[6] Pin-hole lumen was due to concentric narrowing [7] of the coronary arteries due to atheroma. The left ventricular hypertrophy could have been due to a condition such as hypertension that may have been left unknown due to masking by another nonsignificant illness, ignorance, misinterpretation, or rationalization. In the presence of fibrotic areas with all the three coronaries that were narrow, the autopsy findings were compatible with the cause of death; ischemic heart disease due to coronary artery atheroma. Hypertrophied left ventricle was a contributory factor.

Ischemic heart disease precipitates due to relative ischemia and due to transient risk factors such as exertion, psychological stress, heavy meal, and sexual activities.[8] In this circumstance, the presence of an in situ artificial vagina suggests that the deceased would have been practicing an abnormal sexual activity, and it could have caused relative ischemia and the death of this person.


   Conclusions Top


Since this special device was left hidden under the sarong, it had not been removed by the relatives before the admission. Had it been removed before admission, this circumstance could not be ascertained. This is the first reported case in the forensic literature of a man being pronounced dead with an artificial vagina in situ. Removal of such devices before admission to hospitals could be the reason why such incidents do not come to light.

Acknowledgment

We like to thank the next of kin of the deceased for providing the details of the incident and the official photographer for obtaining photographs.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

 
   References Top

1.
Kobori Y, Ryo S, Yoshio A, Hiroshi Y, Shigehiro S, Gaku A, et al. Rehabilitation for ejaculatory dysfunction with using a masturbator. Japanese Journal of Impotence Research 2009;24:355-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Cruz FB, Lohn L, Marinho LS, Mezzalira JC, Neto SG, Martins LT, et al. Internal artificial vagina (IAV) to assess breeding behavior of young Bos taurus and Bos indicus bulls. Anim Reprod Sci 2011;126:157-61.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.
Haustein UF. Pruritus of the artificial vagina of a transsexual patient caused by gonococcal infection. Hautarzt 1995;46:858-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.
Grys E, Friebe Z. Evaluation of the influence of some factors for determining the effect of surgical creation of an artificial vagina. Ginekol Pol 1994;65:307-13.  Back to cited text no. 4
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5.
Artificial Vagina. Available from: https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_vagina. [Last accessed on 2016 May 14].  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.
Zipes DP, Wellens HJ. Sudden cardiac death. Circulation 1998;98:2334-51.  Back to cited text no. 6
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7.
Knight B. Forensic Pathology. 2nd ed. London: Arnold; 1996. p. 488-9.  Back to cited text no. 7
    
8.
Spitz WU, Spitz DJ. Medico-legal Investigation of Death. 4th ed. Illinois, USA: Charles C Thomas; 2006. p. 307.  Back to cited text no. 8
    


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