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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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ARROYO FERNANDEZ, Amparo  and  BERTOMEU RUIZ, Antonia. Interpretación de la presencia de alcohol en autopsias con especial mención a los lactantes. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.2, pp.23-32. ISSN 2215-5287.

The presence of alcohol in the blood in a forensic autopsy has different nuances of interpretation. If it is a traffic accident may indicate one of the factors that contributed to its occurrence, whether it is a suicide it may suggest that the person was not within their usual mental faculties, which helped to take such a drastic decision and even worse, if you are a child or infant will generate controversy. This article aims to clarify the mechanism of endogenous production of alcohol in the human body processes such as digestion and putrefaction to interpret results of blood alcohol or ethanol in the presence of body fluids when others can not be explained by the usual intake.

Keywords : Forensic necropsy; alcohol; endogenous production of ethanol; forensic pathology; infants.

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