Postmortem Production of Ethanol in Different Tissues Under Controlled Experimental Conditions

    Volume 50, Issue 1 (January 2005)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 2005

    Page Count: 5


    Vujić, DN
    Clinical Center Novi Sad, Serbia,

    Simić, MA
    Clinical Center Novi Sad, Serbia,

    Petković, SM
    Clinical Center Novi Sad, Serbia,

    (Received 16 March 2004; accepted 8 August 2004)

    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to follow the postmortem ethanol production phenomenon under controlled experimental conditions (temperature, time interval) in different tissues. Specimens of blood, liver, skeletal muscle and kidney were taken from 30 corpses and no chemical preservatives were used in the specimens collected. Ethanol concentrations were detected by gas chromatography. All specimens stored at -20°C and 4°C did not show any change in ethanol concentration in an eight-day time interval. At 20°C and 30°C, all tissues, except blood, showed statistically significant ethanol production over the time interval tested. However, blood sample kept at 30°C, showed statistically significant increase in ethanol production on the 2nd and 4th day comparing to the controls. Thus, we can state that postmortem ethanol production occurs in different tissues, and is increased at higher temperatures and, in general, it is in accordance with the course of time.


    Paper ID: JFS2004109

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004109

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