Physical examination


  • Foreign bodies like hairs and fibres.
  • Colour, position, shape and size of blood stain and relationship with surrounding to be recorded.
  • Examined by naked eye or simple lens.

Various shapes of stains

  • Blood streak – venous blood.
  • Parts of blood of irregular shape – abundant haemorrhage.
  • Circular stains – drop of blood falls on horizontal surface from a small height.
  • Ova stains – drop of blood hitting vertical or oblique surfaces.
  • Splashes or line shaped stain are usually- projection of arterial blood
  • Smears – blood wiped off.
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