Volume 28, Issue 3 (July 1983)

    Vitreous Humor Chemistry in Deaths Associated with Rapid Chilling and Prolonged Freshwater Immersion

    (Received 16 November 1982; accepted 11 January 1983)

    Published Online: July

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Vitreous humor chemistry studies were performed on 13 air crash victims who had remained immersed in near-freezing fresh water for seven to eight days. Glucose concentrations were observed to be higher than those in a comparison group of autopsied cases with prolonged postmortem intervals, suggesting that rapid chilling inhibited glycolysis. Evidence of dilution of vitreous humor electrolytes was also noted. After correction for the apparent degree of dilution, the potassium concentrations were found to fall within a narrow range.


    Author Information:

    Blackbourne, BD
    Chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner, Washington, District of Columbia

    Luke, JL
    Chief medical examiner and deputy chief medical examiner, Washington, District of Columbia

    Bray, M
    Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC


    Stock #: JFS11553J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11553J

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    Title Vitreous Humor Chemistry in Deaths Associated with Rapid Chilling and Prolonged Freshwater Immersion
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    Committee E30