High cyanide level in a homicide victim burned after death : evidence of post-mortem diffusion.
Elevated levels of carbon monoxide and cyanide serve as evidence of intravital burning in fire victims.
We present a case of a man who died of haemopneumothorax caused by a stab wound.
According to several eye witnesses the body was wrapped in a plastic sheet and burned 2 days after death with the aid of gasoline.
The thoracic cavity had been opened by burning of the intercostal soft tissue.
This allowed hydrogen cyanide gas to enter the thoracic cavity and diffuse into the blood probably causing the high blood-cyanide level.
Mots-clés Pascal : Cyanure Hydrogène, Carbone monoxyde, Dosage, Meurtre, Incendie criminel, Diagnostic, Heure, Mort, Erreur estimation, Homme, Autopsie, Postmortem, Intoxication, Médecine légale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cyanides Hydrogen, Carbon monoxide, Assay, Murder, Arson, Diagnosis, Hour, Death, Estimation error, Human, Autopsy, Postmortem, Poisoning, Legal medicine
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 91-0413061
Code Inist : 002B30. Création : 199406.