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Self-inflicted vs accidental stab wound

I have a relatively healthy 45 year old male in pretty good physical shape who stabs himself in the lower left abdomen with a butcher knife. He's not trying to kill himself, but the reason he does this is related to the supernatural. Therefore, no one can really tell the truth about why he did it since no one will believe them. His friend concocts a story that he was coming down the stairs and stumbled and fell on the knife. My question is would the medical personnel involved in patching him up be able to tell they (the guy and his friends) were lying?

Research terms: self inflicted stab wound, accidental vs self inflicted wound/injury

Everything that came up in my search was self-inflicted vs assault-inflicted stab wound. I couldn't find anything that detailed the characteristics of accidental stab wounds vs self-inflicted, except that someone who stabs himself in the gut usually moves his shirt aside before he does it. This guy will not be doing that; he stabs right through his shirt.

A couple of things that could muddy the waters: One of the friends who is there when this all goes down will have some red irritation marks on his wrists because he has spent the last 2-3 days handcuffed to a piece of furniture. Also, this is a Real Person Fic; the 45 year old had a heroin problem in the late '90s and overdosed in 2001. As far as anyone knows, he hasn't touched heroin since then, but because he's famous, the medical personnel would be able to find out this happened with a few simple Google searches. Would these factors make the doctors and nurses suspicious that something hinky went on here?

Basically, I want to know if there's something about accidental vs self-inflicted stab wounds that would give away their lie.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: stab wounds
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