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Intracranial injection & external effects (i.e., what would this corpse look like?)

Reassuringly, I haven't been able to find much about this.

If you had a criminal who committed murder by injecting bleach into his victims' brains, what signs would be visible on the body, pre-autopsy?

This criminal would be shoving between 50 and 60ccs of bleach into his victims' brain pans. I haven't been able to find anything directly about intracranial over-injection as a cause of death—some reports about brain damage sustained by mice in the course of therapeutic injections, but most people aren't actively trying to kill their experimental subjects—and my best guess is that, since injecting the bleach would 1) cause a sudden change in intracranial pressure and 2) likely cause hemorrhage, since bleach is caustic, then, externally, these corpses might look a lot like stroke victims. However, that's only the best guess of a liberal arts major.

Setting: present-day U.S., no supernatural/fantastic elements

Searches tried: intracranial/intracerebral injection, (death by) caustic injection, penetrating head trauma, stroke/cerebral hemorrhage + autopsy, stroke/cerebral hemorrhage + cadaver, intracranial pressure + fatal, related.

Most results dealt with internal autopsy findings (useful, but still leaves me in the dark about what it would be like to find such a body). Some veterinary examples suggest that blood in the eye is a possible result of severe head trauma, but I don't know if that would apply here. The balance was mainly results about metal bands.
Tags: ~forensics: corpses, ~medicine: injuries: head injuries

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