Forensic tools for the diagnosis of electrocution death: Case study and literature review

Stefania Zerbo, Antonina Argo, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Cristina Mondello, Luigi Cardia, Antonio Micali, Cristina Mondello

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Abstract

Diagnosis of death by electrocution may be difficult when electric marking is not visible or unclear. Accordingly, the body of a man who appeared to have died from accidental electrocution was carefully forensically analysed. Macroscopic and microscopic analysis of the current mark was carried out using a variable-pressure scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray microanalyser to highlight skin metallisation, indicating the presence of iron and zinc. The histological findings of electrocution myocardial damage were supported by the results of biochemical analysis which demonstrated the creatine kinase-MB and cardiac troponin I elevation. The effects of electric current flow were also highlighted by perforations of endothelial surface of a pulmonary artery using scanning electron microscope, and all the results were analysed by the main tools suggested in the literature.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
RivistaTHE MEDICO-LEGAL JOURNAL
Volume3
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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