Death from Burns: A Twenty Years Autopsy Study in Faisalabad, Pakistan

  • Uzma Masud Assistant Professor, Independent Medical College Faisalabad
  • Ahmad Saeed Head of Forensic Medicine Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad
  • Shirza Nadeem Assistant Professor Forensic Medicine University of Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
Keywords: Burns, Homicide, Deat


Objective: To determine the epidemiology of deaths due to Burns in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan for the last twenty years. Study Design: Observational, descriptive, retrospective analysis. Setting: Post-Mortem Unit, Allied Hospital, Faisalabad. Period: 01st January 1997 to 31st December 2016. Methodology: 106 cases of deaths due to burns were labeled on the basis of police inquest, autopsy findings and interviews with relatives and friends of victim. The study is based on autopsy reports analysis in detail along with related data in the department. Cases were grouped on the basis of age, sex, manner of death, type of burns and seasonality. Findings were tabulated and analyzed. Results: The study revealed that prevalence of death due to fatal burn is only 1.8%, with female preponderance. The peak incidence was in 20-29 years in females and 30-39 years in males. Manner of death was homicide in majority of cases. Dry burns were most common. A seasonal surge in spring was noted. Conclusion: In Faisalabad, number of deaths due to burns is very low as compared to other cities of Pakistan. The outcomes of the current study give important knowledge to implement plans for health education involving prevention of burns in high risk groups.

How to Cite
Masud, U., Saeed, A., & Nadeem, S. (2017). Death from Burns: A Twenty Years Autopsy Study in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Annals of Punjab Medical College, 11(2), 113-117.