Kentucky Regional Poison Center of Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY
Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, KY
(Received 12 January 2000; accepted 26 February 2001)
There are no published reports that include both timely antemortem and postmortem carbamazepine concentrations after massive overdose. We report a fatal overdose of carbamazepine with both timely antemortem and postmortem carbamazepine concentrations. Carbamazepine concentrations were 47.7 mcg/mL 2 h antemortem and 53 mcg/mL at 9 h postmortem. The slight rise in drug concentration may reflect continued absorption of the drug in the last 2 h before death. Postmortem carbamazepine concentrations drawn from a peripheral vessel in this patient appeared to reflect drug concentrations at the time of death.
Paper ID: JFS15182J