Postmortem vitreous humor in fatal acute iron poisoning

R. E. Mittleman, B. Steele, L. Moskowitz

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The postmortem level of iron in the vitreous humor was assayed in a case of treated fatal iron poisoning. An antemortem serum iron level was 9060 μg/dL and postmortem blood level was 2920 μg/dL. A postmortem vitreous humor specimen collected by a standard technique had an iron level of 80 μg/dL whereas 23 controls had a mean of 12.8 ± 4.2 μg/dL (range, 6 to 21 μg/dL). Although this elevated value could reflect some serum contamination, it may be a reflection of the toxic state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-957
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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