Postmortem serum erythropoietin level as a marker of survival time in injury deaths.

@article{Quan2010PostmortemSE,
  title={Postmortem serum erythropoietin level as a marker of survival time in injury deaths.},
  author={L H Quan and B-L Zhu and Takaki Ishikawa and Tomomi Michiue and Dong Zhao and Masahiro Ogawa and Hitoshi Maeda},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2010},
  volume={200 1-3},
  pages={
          117-22
        }
}
Circulating erythropoietin (EPO) is mainly derived from the kidneys, and the serum concentration is rapidly increased in response to anemia and hypoxia. The present study investigated postmortem serum EPO levels in injury death cases (n=185, postmortem time<48 h, survival time <7 days: sharp instrument injury, n=44 and blunt injury, n=141) with regard to survival time, compared with C-reactive protein (CRP) as a marker of inflammation. Serum levels of both markers were independent of postmortem… CONTINUE READING

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