Toxicology: Methods of Analysis, Postmortem

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The analytical processes used to assess the presence of foreign substances in postmortem specimens require consideration of a number of factors. The main specimen is blood, provided it is taken from a peripheral site, such as the leg to reduce artefactual changes in concentration. Urine and vitreous humor should be collected if available. Gastric contents and a section of liver should be also collected in some cases, particularly suspected poisonings. Methods used for initial testing and confirmation are very similar to antemortem drug investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128000557
ISBN (Print)9780128000342
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Analytical toxicology
  • Blood
  • Chromatography
  • Hair
  • Liver
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Postmortem
  • Redistribution
  • Urine
  • Vitreous humor

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