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Journal of Forensic Research
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Importance of Sampling Sites for Postmortem Evaluation of Ethyl Alcohol

Ismail Özgür Can1*, Erdem Özkara1, Serpil Salaçin1 and Mukaddes Gümüstekin2

1Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, 35340 Izmir- Turkey

2Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, 35340 Izmir- Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Ismail Özgür Can
Dokuz Eylül University
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Forensic Medicine
35340 Izmir- Turkey
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: February 21, 2012; Accepted date: June 21, 2012; Published date: June 23, 2012

Citation: Can IÖ, Özkara E, Salaçin S, Gümüstekin M (2012) Importance of Sampling Sites for Postmortem Evaluation of Ethyl Alcohol. J Forensic Res 3:156. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000156

Copyright: © 2012 Can IÖ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Detection of ethyl alcohol and its origin in postmortem specimens is essential in terms of medico-legal aspects. It is a complicated process to determine whether alcohol has been taken in the ante-mortem period and/or originates from postmortem endogenous production.

In this study, considering sampling sites and storage conditions, we aimed to develop an approach for postmortem ethyl alcohol investigations. Samples were collected from 32 cases. Blood specimens drained from the femoral vein and the vena cava inferior were put into well covered PET tubes with anti-coagulants and urine samples were put into well covered PET tubes without anti-coagulants and preserved at + 4ºC, analyzed with enzymatic immunoassay within five days of specimen collection.

Scene investigations, sampling and sampling sites, specimen handling, preserving specimens and preparations before analyses are highly important for an accurate and scientific evaluation of postmortem ethyl alcohol. There were significant differences in ethyl alcohol concentrations between blood from the femoral vein and vena cava inferior and urine. Femoral vein and urine specimens seemed to be more reliable than vena cava inferior specimens.


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