paradoxical undressing

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paradoxical undressing 

FORENSIC MEDICINE

A phenomenon seen in up to 50% of hypothermia-induced deaths that occur on land, in which the deceased’s body is found either partially or complete undressed. The undressing has been attributed to vasomotor centre paralysis which imparts a sensation of increased body temperature, explaining the desire to remove clothing. Paradoxical undressing is the diametric opposite of the hide and die syndrome. 

Paradoxical undressing may lead those investigating the death to erroneously assume the deaths were linked to sexual assault, especially when the clothes from the lower half of the body are removed by the deceased. 

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