Detection of chlorine and bromine in free liquid from the sphenoid sinus as an indicator of seawater drowning.

@article{Tanaka2015DetectionOC,
  title={Detection of chlorine and bromine in free liquid from the sphenoid sinus as an indicator of seawater drowning.},
  author={Naoko Tanaka and Hiroshi Kinoshita and Mostofa Jamal and Ayaka Takakura and Mitsuru Kumihashi and N. Miyatake and Kunihiko Tsutsui and Kiyoshi Ameno},
  journal={Legal medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={299-303}
}
We have investigated the usefulness of elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) in the examination of free liquid from the sphenoid sinus of drowning victims. We detected both chlorine and bromine in liquid taken from the sphenoid sinus of seawater drowning victims. Because these elements were below the quantification limit in freshwater cases, we could easily distinguish seawater from freshwater drowning cases. Detection of these elements from the liquid in the sphenoid… CONTINUE READING