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Concentration of carbon-monoxide in carbonized bodies--forensic aspects.
Leg Med (Tokyo). 2009 Apr; 11 Suppl 1:S318-20.LM

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to determine the correlation between carbonized fire victims' carbon-monoxide (CO) blood concentration and the cause of death. We have reevaluated and analyzed the causes of death over a 10-year period regarding CO concentrations and atherosclerosis. We have considered the possible usefulness of low CO concentrations as a vital sign in smokers and non-smokers. The study included the retrospective analyzes of 73 autopsy reports of carbonized bodies. All the autopsies were carried out in the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Belgrade over a 10-year period (1990-1999). The investigation included 53 men and 20 women (chi(2)=19.83, p<0.001) with an average age of 41.40+/-21.35 years. We found 10 cases of deadly carbon-monoxide poisoning, but further analysis of CO concentrations revealed 6 more cases in which CO poisoning could be considered. We found a statistically significant relationship between carboxyhaemoglobin concentration above 10% and the aspiration of soot (chi(2)=6.41, p<0.01). In five cases with serious atherosclerosis, the concentration of carboxyhaemoglobin was above 20%, although these concentrations can be accepted as the cause of death. Half of the deceased, in the moment of death were under the influence of alcohol and 19 of them had a blood alcohol concentration above 1 pro mille.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Forensic Medicine, University School of Medicine, 31a Deligradska Street, Belgrade 11000, Serbia. bobanvladislav@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19261529

Citation

Popovic, V M., et al. "Concentration of Carbon-monoxide in Carbonized Bodies--forensic Aspects." Legal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), vol. 11 Suppl 1, 2009, pp. S318-20.
Popovic VM, Atanasijevic TC, Nikolic SD, et al. Concentration of carbon-monoxide in carbonized bodies--forensic aspects. Leg Med (Tokyo). 2009;11 Suppl 1:S318-20.
Popovic, V. M., Atanasijevic, T. C., Nikolic, S. D., & Micic, J. R. (2009). Concentration of carbon-monoxide in carbonized bodies--forensic aspects. Legal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), 11 Suppl 1, S318-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.legalmed.2009.01.045
Popovic VM, et al. Concentration of Carbon-monoxide in Carbonized Bodies--forensic Aspects. Leg Med (Tokyo). 2009;11 Suppl 1:S318-20. PubMed PMID: 19261529.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Concentration of carbon-monoxide in carbonized bodies--forensic aspects. AU - Popovic,V M, AU - Atanasijevic,T C, AU - Nikolic,S D, AU - Micic,J R, Y1 - 2009/03/03/ PY - 2008/12/15/received PY - 2009/01/08/accepted PY - 2009/3/6/entrez PY - 2009/3/6/pubmed PY - 2010/1/27/medline SP - S318 EP - 20 JF - Legal medicine (Tokyo, Japan) JO - Leg Med (Tokyo) VL - 11 Suppl 1 N2 - The aim of this paper is to determine the correlation between carbonized fire victims' carbon-monoxide (CO) blood concentration and the cause of death. We have reevaluated and analyzed the causes of death over a 10-year period regarding CO concentrations and atherosclerosis. We have considered the possible usefulness of low CO concentrations as a vital sign in smokers and non-smokers. The study included the retrospective analyzes of 73 autopsy reports of carbonized bodies. All the autopsies were carried out in the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Belgrade over a 10-year period (1990-1999). The investigation included 53 men and 20 women (chi(2)=19.83, p<0.001) with an average age of 41.40+/-21.35 years. We found 10 cases of deadly carbon-monoxide poisoning, but further analysis of CO concentrations revealed 6 more cases in which CO poisoning could be considered. We found a statistically significant relationship between carboxyhaemoglobin concentration above 10% and the aspiration of soot (chi(2)=6.41, p<0.01). In five cases with serious atherosclerosis, the concentration of carboxyhaemoglobin was above 20%, although these concentrations can be accepted as the cause of death. Half of the deceased, in the moment of death were under the influence of alcohol and 19 of them had a blood alcohol concentration above 1 pro mille. SN - 1873-4162 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19261529/Concentration_of_carbon_monoxide_in_carbonized_bodies__forensic_aspects_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -