Forensic Expertise Area: Forensic toxicology
Psychoactive medicinal drugs (PMD) are common medical treatments in the world. Moreover, these substances are commonly related to violent causes of death which need a forensic investigation. In those cases, toxicological studies are necessary and require to identify and to quantify these substances with laboratory techniques.
Quantitative results of PMD (antidepressant, antipsychotic, benzodiazepines, Z-drugs, opioids…) concentrations in post-mortem peripheral blood samples are often influenced by post-mortem redistribution phenomena. The knowledge of the patterns of how different type of PMD are redistributed in a death body is basic to make an accurate interpretation of the results.
The objective of this thesis is to make a review of the literature about the published alterations in the different types of PMD due to post-mortem redistribution phenomena. This review could help the interpretation of these results by the forensic doctor.
|Institute||Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences Catalonia|
|Supervisor :||Geli Gallego Herruzo|
UvA Co-assessor :
|Prof Roelof-Jan Oostra|
|UVA Coordinator||Arian van Asten/Yorike Hartman|