The Comparison of Alcohol Concentrations in Postmortem Fluids and Tissues

    Volume 25, Issue 2 (April 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1980

    Page Count: 5


    Sopher, IM
    Chief toxicologist, assistant medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, South Charleston, State of West Virginia

    Backer, RC
    Chief toxicologist, assistant medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, South Charleston, State of West Virginia

    Pisano, RV
    Chief toxicologist, assistant medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, South Charleston, State of West Virginia

    (Received 10 April 1979; accepted 10 October 1979)

    Abstract

    Fluid-tissue/blood alcohol ratios were calculated for a number of cases. The use of such factors to determine the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) becomes important when a blood specimen is not available or is contaminated. It was shown that estimates of blood alcohol concentrations derived from other physiological fluids or tissues can only be expressed as lying within a wide concentration range. Estimations of the BAC can be improved by using the stomach alcohol concentrations to determine if the deceased was in an absorption or postabsorption phase at the time of death.


    Paper ID: JFS12130J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12130J

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    Title The Comparison of Alcohol Concentrations in Postmortem Fluids and Tissues
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30