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Drowning: still a difficult autopsy diagnosis.
A review of reported diagnostic methods is discussed in order to provide guidelines, which can be used in current forensic practice, and the ideal diagnostic test as definite proof for drowning still needs to be established. Expand
Interpretation of a 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) blood level: discussion by means of a distribution study in two fatalities.
The results suggest that, if a peripheral blood sample is not available and when putrefaction is not too pronounced, vitreous humour and iliopsoas muscle can be valuable specimens for toxicological analysis and confirm that peripheral blood sampling remains "the golden standard". Expand
Fatality due to combined use of the designer drugs MDMA and PMA: a distribution study.
The medico-legal findings were compatible with a disseminated intravascular coagulation induced by hyperthermia caused by the simultaneous intake of the amphetamine analogues. Expand
Distribution study of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine in a fatal overdose.
Considering the substantial differences in concentrations in blood samples taken from various sites in the body and the high levels in some tissues, it is concluded that the influence of postmortem redistribution should be taken into account in the interpretation of toxicological data when an appropriate peripheral sample cannot be obtained or when blood samples are not available because of putrefaction. Expand
The use of Petrifilm™ for the enumeration of lactococci
Abstract Petrifilm™ aerobic plate counts were compared to Elliker and M17 agar counts for the enumeration of Lactococcus strains. There were no significant differences between counts obtained withExpand
Determination of antidepressants in human postmortem blood, brain tissue, and hair using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry
Four postmortem cases are discussed to demonstrate the usefulness of the GC–MS method in forensic toxicology and validate the method in positive ion chemical ionization mode in combination with a solid phase extraction. Expand
Amphetamines as Potential Inducers of Fatalities: A review in the district of Ghent from 1976-2004
Although amphetamines-related fatalities are only a fraction of the total number of fatalities studied at the Department, their contribution to current forensic practice has been increasing during the last few years and it is strongly advisable to interpret the anatomo-pathological findings and the toxicological results together in arriving at a conclusion. Expand
Serum Strontium Estimation as a Medico-Legal Diagnostic Indicator of Drowning
Strontium concentrations in both cardiac cavities and in a peripheral blood-vessel were determined by flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry and it is concluded that this determination can be a valuable additional proof for sea-water drowning diagnosis, whilst freshwater drowning would be more difficult to assess. Expand
A retrospective study of murder–suicide at the Forensic Institute of Ghent University, Belgium: 1935–2010
The results suggest differences in these types of M–S in which younger couples’ intentions were amorous jealousy; as for older couples the prominent motive was mercy killing; most likely women killed their children and only men committed familicides. Expand
Application of high-performance liquid chromatography to a fatality involving azide.
A fatality resulting from the ingestion of sodium azide is described, based on precolumn derivatization with 3,5-dinitrobenzoyl chloride followed by isocratic high-performance liquid chromatography and photodiode array detection. Expand