Case ReportsCritical Evaluation of Metallization in Electric InjuryLaima, Sigitas PhD*†; Bytautaite, Jana MSc*†; Chmieliauskas, Sigitas MSc*†; Fomin, Dmitrij MSc*†; Jasulaitis, Algimantas PhD*; Jukna, Arturas PhD‡; Mazeikiene, Sandra MSc*†; Stasiuniene, Jurgita PhD*Author Information From the *Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Pharmacology, Vilnius University, Vilnius; †State Forensic Medicine Service; and ‡Faculty of Fundamental Sciences, Department of Physics, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania. Manuscript received August 31, 2016; accepted June 6, 2017. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Sigitas Laima, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Pharmacology, Vilnius University, M.K. Ciurlionio St 21, LT-03101 Vilnius, Lithuania. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2017 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 333-335 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000335 Buy Metrics Abstract The article presents 3 forensic medicine cases in the field of electric injury. In addition to traditional findings in electric injury (electric mark and histological findings), the forensic medicine experts in Lithuania also perform an atomic absorption spectrometry analysis. This method confirms the effects of electric current to the body through the electric conductor. Typical macroscopic finding in the skin is electric mark. Histologically, the damaged skin possesses characteristic features of thermal burns. The atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis identifies traces of metal particles devolved from the electrical conductor, which confirms a premortal contact with it. In one of our presented cases, the metallization was negative, although there were obvious data of electric current effect. This shows that it is not always worth to rely on the method of atomic absorption spectrometry analysis recognized worldwide in forensic medicine. The determination of electrical injury diagnosis requires a critical and comprehensive assessment of all the available data and laboratory tests. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.