Volatile drug concentration of the blood samples aspirated from the vertebrae in froensic autopsy cases - A preliminary study

Masaki Q. Fujita, Bao Li Zhu, Li Quan, Kaori Ishida, Shigeki Oritani, Hitoshi Maeda

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Abstract

Volatile drug concentrations in the aspirates from the thoracic vertebrae were compared with those of the right and left heart blood. Ethanol concentrations in the vertebral aspirates showed very good correlation with those in the right and left heart blood. As for cyanide and acetone, several factors that may affect the concentrations in the vertebral aspirate, including bone marrow content, cause and mode of death, and post-mortem interval, should be studied. The study shows the possibility of the vertebral aspirate as an alternative material for toxicological investigation when the blood is not available due to the postmortem body destruction or interference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-171
Number of pages2
JournalJapanese Journal of Forensic Toxicology
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology

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