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  • Blood, urine and vitreous isopropyl alcohol as biochemical markers in forensic investigations.

Blood, urine and vitreous isopropyl alcohol as biochemical markers in forensic investigations.

Legal medicine (Tokyo, Japan) (2011-12-20)
Cristian Palmiere, Frank Sporkert, Dominique Werner, Daniel Bardy, Marc Augsburger, Patrice Mangin
ABSTRACT

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is widely used as an industrial solvent and cleaning fluid. After ingestion or absorption, IPA is converted into acetone by alcohol dehydrogenase. However, in ketosis, acetone can be reduced to IPA. The aim of this study was to investigate blood IPA and acetone concentrations in a series of 400 medico-legal autopsies, including cases of diabetic ketoacidosis, hypothermia and alcohol misuse-related deaths, to illustrate the extent of ketosis at the time of death. Vitreous glucose, blood 3-β-hydroxybutyrate (3HB) and acetoacetate (AcAc) concentrations were also determined systematically. Additionally, vitreous and urine IPA, acetone, 3HB and AcAc concentrations as well as other biochemical markers, including glycated hemoglobin and carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) were also determined in selected cases. The results of this study indicate that ketosis is characterized by the presence of IPA resulting from the acetone metabolism and that IPA can be detected in several substrates. These findings confirm the importance of the systematic determination of IPA and acetone levels that is used to quantify biochemical disturbances and the importance of ketosis at the time of death.

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Lithium acetoacetate, ≥90% (HPLC)