In order to evaluate histological features of freezing damages to human tissue after death, we froze samples of liver and heart tissue to temperatures of - 12°C, - 28°C and - 80°C, and stored them for 24 and 72 h, respectively, at those temperatures.
After thawing and routine preparation for histology, the samples were evaluated both by microscope and with an electronic image analyzer.
In all cases, we found extended extracellular spaces and shrunken cells resulting from the freeze-thaw cycle.
These features were more pronounced in tissues stored for longer durations.
Such findings seem to be typical of tissue that has been frozen prior to examination.
Two cases of dead bodies found outdoors at subzero temperatures demonstrate that formerly frozen and unfrozen tissues can be distinguished histologically.
The findings are examined in relation to the fundamental laws of cryobiology.
Mots-clés Pascal : Congélation, Corps, Homme, Postmortem, Hypothermie, Cryobiologie, Histopathologie, Aspect médicolégal, Exploration, Cadavre
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Freezing, Body, Human, Postmortem, Hypothermia, Cryobiology, Histopathology, Forensic aspect, Exploration, Cadaver
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