The nail and hair in forensic science

C. Ralph Daniel, Blanca Maria Piraccini, Antonella Tosti

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Abstract

Drugs, chemicals, and biological substances accumulate and are stored in hair and nails where they can be detected and measured. Advantages of analyzing hair and nail samples also include their easy and non-invasive collection, the small sample size required for analysis, and their easy storage at room temperature. We report 3 examples of heavy metal poisoning diagnosed because of the hair or nail symptoms. Drugs and toxins that can be detected in hair and nails are reviewed and the application of hair/nail analysis in general and in forensic medicine is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-261
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Forensic Sciences
Nails
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Forensic Medicine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
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Temperature

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The nail and hair in forensic science. / Daniel, C. Ralph; Piraccini, Blanca Maria; Tosti, Antonella.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Vol. 50, No. 2, 01.02.2004, p. 258-261.

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Daniel, C. Ralph ; Piraccini, Blanca Maria ; Tosti, Antonella. / The nail and hair in forensic science. In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2004 ; Vol. 50, No. 2. pp. 258-261.
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