Front Biosci (Landmark Ed) 2022 Jun;27(6):183
Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, Legal Medicine Section, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy.
Background: In many forensic cases, the medical records of the deceased are not available at the time of the autopsy; therefore, no information about the deceased's state of health, including any infectious diseases contracted during life, is accessible. The detection of some of the principal viral infections, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), could contribute to determining causes of death and interesting applications could be found in medico-legal practice, such as occupational risk assessment. To date, accurate and sensitive serological and molecular assays capable of detecting these viruses have been validated on biological samples taken from living beings, while their efficiency on forensic post-mortem biological samples has yet to be thoroughly assessed. Read More