The elevated postmortem levels of catecholamines in blood and urine are an expression of tissue release, e.g., postmortem redistribution. Several investigations have reported the postmortem measurements of catecholamine, while only few studies have examined postmortem levels of the stress marker cortisol. there are several published case reports relating to adrenocortical diseases, showing low postmortem serum or urine cortisol levels measured in cases with adrenal insufficiency. The postmortem cases were subdivided by cause of death into the following subgroups: asphyxiation, blunt force trauma, brain hemorrhage, cardiac-related death, drowning, fire-related death, gun or knife trauma, infection, internal bleeding, ketoacidosis, poisoning, and miscellaneous.
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