Published Online: 1 October 1982
Page Count: 3
Associate professor of pathology and director of clinical chemistry, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Resident in pathology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner's Office, Miami, FL
(Received 10 December 1981; accepted 25 January 1982)
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