Postmortem vitreous chemistry-An evaluation of sodium, potassium and chloride levels in estimation of time since death (during the first 36 h after death)

H. V. Chandrakanth, Tanuj Kanchan, B. M. Balaraj, H. S. Virupaksha, T. N. Chandrashekar

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Abstract

Estimation of time since death is a paramount medico-legal issue in any postmortem examination. The present study is intended to study the correlation between postmortem interval and vitreous humor chemistry for sodium, potassium, and chlorides. The study is aimed to find male-female differences and differences between right and left eyes in vitreous chemistry. The vitreous humor samples were collected in 114 autopsies conducted in the study center and analyzed biochemically. All the cases where exact time of death was known and where the time since death ranged between 0 and 36 h were included in the study. Data obtained was analyzed statistically using spss version 11.0. The present research did not find a significant correlation between vitreous chemistry and postmortem interval. The differences in vitreous sodium, potassium, chloride levels and the sodium potassium ratio among males and females and between right and left eyes were not found to be statistically significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2013
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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