SIMONA IRINA DAMIAN, PAUL NEDELEA, SOFIA DAVID, ANTON KNIELING, SORIN MOLDOVEANU, ION SANDU, CATALIN JAN IOV POSTMORTEM DIAGNOSIS OF HYPERTONIC DEHYDRATION BY CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF VITREOUS HUMOR The aim of forensic autopsy is to accurately reconstitute, as much as possible, the circumstances of death (the cause of death and the mechanism of death, the post-mortem interval, the related pathology and its role, the survival interval). Post-mortem biochemical analyses can help to various extents in establishing these issues. In order to elucidate the issue of post-mortem biochemical investigations, we conducted an analysis of forensic casuistry within a delimited territory, for a period of 3 years in order to identify the elements necessary for the diagnosis of hypertonic dehydration. By grouping the cases depending on the immediate cause of death, the diagnosis criteria for hypertonic dehydration showed the possibility of performing the differential diagnosis by biochemical analyses performed in vitreous humor (sodium, chlorine, urea, creatinine), the criteria being not met in any of the other groups.
Keywords: postmortem biochemistry, cause of death, hypertonic dehydration, chemical analysis, vitreous humor