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Kumar A.,GMC Chandigarh | Singh A.,GMC Chandigarh | Harish D.,GMC Chandigarh | Chavali K.H.,GMC Chandigarh
Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2011

Poisoning is a global problem, and its incidence and trends vary from place to place. Poisoning or drug abuse has become a serious problem in India. It has gradually increased in the last 5-10 years. Correct diagnosis of poisoning has to be made in the living as well as when the person is dead, both for treatment and medico-legal purposes. The most important proof of poisoning is the detection of poison in the excretions like vomit, urine and blood during life, while it is detected in the contents of stomach and bowel and tissues of the body, after death. In a dead body, one of the better samples to complement blood is vitreous humor, because it is less likely to degrade quickly, and is fairly easy to collect at autopsy. The role of vitreous humor as a suitable sample for chemical analysis in the detection of all kinds of poisoning cases was studied in the alleged cases of poisoning subjected to medico-legal autopsy at the mortuary of Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, in the present study; as also the co-relation of vitreous humor findings with Chemical Examiner's/ CFSL's report using routine viscera for chemical analysis.

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