Volume 29, Issue 2 (April 1984)

    The Effect of Chilling, Freezing, and Rewarming on the Postmortem Chemistry of Vitreous Humor

    (Received 23 June 1983; accepted 12 July 1983)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The effect of chilling at the time of death on the postmortem chemistry of the vitreous humor was studied by using sheep heads obtained immediately following decapitation. One group of heads was kept at room temperature, while the remainder were chilled on ice or in ice water, then refrigerated or frozen. Vitreous humor specimens were taken at intervals over a 48-h period. Chilling inhibited the fall in the glucose concentration and the total carbon dioxide content and lessened the increase in lactic acid, compared to the room temperature group. Rapid glycolysis resumed when the heads rewarmed to room temperature starting at 6-h postmortem, but did not resume at later points. The rate of rise of the potassium and magnesium concentrations was also diminished in the chilled eyes. Freezing and thawing caused an abrupt increase in the potassium and magnesium levels, but other solutes were unaffected.


    Author Information:

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


    Stock #: JFS11686J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11686J

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    Title The Effect of Chilling, Freezing, and Rewarming on the Postmortem Chemistry of Vitreous Humor
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    Committee E30