Postmortem redistribution of fentanyl in blood.

  title={Postmortem redistribution of fentanyl in blood.},
  author={Kalen N Olson and Kristin N Luckenbill and Jonathan I Thompson and Owen L Middleton and Roberta J Geiselhart and Kelly M Mills and Julie Kloss and Fred S. Apple},
  journal={American journal of clinical pathology},
  volume={133 3},
Fentanyl concentrations were measured in postmortem specimens collected in 20 medical examiner cases from femoral blood (FB), heart blood (HB), heart tissue, liver tissue, and skeletal muscle. Unique was a subset of 7 cases in which FB was obtained at 2 postmortem intervals, shortly after death (FB1) and at autopsy (FB2). The mean collection times of FB1 and FB2 after death were 4.0 and 21.6 hours, respectively. Fentanyl concentrations for FB1 and FB2 ranged from undetectable to 14.6 microg/L… CONTINUE READING
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