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Author(s): Bruno Santos
Sónia Martins
Agostinho Almeida
Agostinho Santos
Teresa Magalhães
Title: DIAGNOSING DEATH BY DROWNING THROUGH THE ANALYSIS OF BLOOD MARKERS BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA-MASS SPECTROMETRY
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Investigation of bodies recovered out of water is a complex but frequent medico-legal task. The key problem is if the victim died due to drowning or by the means of other cause and placed in water. At the moment, the diagnosis of drowning is based on some unspecific findings during autopsy (lung distension and the presence of froth in upper airways and lungs) and the results of laboratory tests. Our project aimed to evaluate the usefulness of the determination by ICP-MS of trace elements (TE) in blood of the cardiac cavities of corpses found in aquatic environment as a tool to increase the certainty of the diagnostic of death by drowning. Blood samples were collected from 18 cadavers found in water, from 2006-2008, in Oporto area. The advantage of ICP-MS compared to other instrumental analytical techniques is clear and it proved to be useful. It allowed us to perform a multielemental analysis of blood, and the results highlight the importance of this kind of approach, compared to previous studies where we are dependent on the results of a single TE.
Subject: Ciências da Saúde, Ciências da saúde
Health sciences, Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde::Ciências da saúde
Medical and Health sciences::Health sciences
URI: https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/82410
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional
Rights: openAccess
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
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