Postmortem Vitreous Humor in Fatal Acute Iron Poisoning

    Volume 27, Issue 4 (October 1982)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1982

    Page Count: 3


    Steele, B
    Associate professor of pathology and director of clinical chemistry, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

    Moskowitz, L
    Resident in pathology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

    Mittleman, RE
    Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner's Office, Miami, FL

    (Received 10 December 1981; accepted 25 January 1982)

    Abstract

    The postmortem level of iron in the vitreous humor was assayed in a case of treated fatal iron poisoning. An antemortem serum iron level was 9060μg/dL and postmortem blood level was 2920 μg/dL. A postmortem vitreous humor specimen collected by a standard technique had an iron level of 80μg/dL whereas 23 controls had a mean of 12.8 ± 4.2 μg/dL (range, 6 to 21 μg/dL). Although this elevated value could reflect some serum contamination, it may be a reflection of the toxic state.


    Paper ID: JFS12218J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12218J

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