Tardieu Spots are petechial haemorrhages found on a dead body.
The purple to black spots develop along with lividity (livor mortis). They result from the rupture of capillaries usually related to Asphyxia
Tardieu spots can appear as rash-like.
In cases of hanging or strangulation, they appear in the area above the level of obstruction.
Tardieu spots are found in lax unsupported tissues such as the forehead, skin located behind the ears, circumoral skin, eyelids and conjunctivae.
Tardieu spots are produced by mechanical obstruction to the venous return of blood to the specific part affected. This results in acute rise in venous pressure in an over-distension and rupture of the thin-walled peripheral venules.
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