Postmortem drug concentrations in blood may not always reflect antemortem drug concentrations in blood due to the movement of the drugs after death. The phenomenon is referred to as Postmortem Redistribution (PMR). Mechanisms involved in postmortem redistribution are both complicated and poorly understood. However, postmortem drug concentrations in blood do follow some generally accepted trends that aid with interpretation; the characteristics of the drug itself can be used to indicate if a drug is subject to PMR. Large changes in blood drug concentrations are predicted for basic, lipophilic drugs with a high volume of distribution (>3L/kg).
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Last date updated on July, 2014