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BIOCHEMISTRY AND THE FORENSIC AUTOPSY

Sullivan, David1; Duflou, Jo2

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Pathology - Journal of the RCPA: 2010 - Volume 42 - Issue - p S27
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The forensic autopsy benefits from a confluence of many types of information. Biochemical analysis may provide sensitive and specific details concerning the ante‐mortem state. On the other hand, many of the assumptions that underlie clinical interpretation of biochemical information are confounded by death and tissue degradation. Furthermore, post‐mortem changes may lead to interference that prevents the use of routine analytical techniques. Some of these problems can be counteracted by the use of alternative sources of biological fluids, such as aqueous humour. Collaboration between forensic services and clinical biochemistry laboratories may identify novel opportunities to enhance the forensic autopsy.

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