When a death apparently associated to sexual assault is instead a natural death due to idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome: The importance of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid analysis in vitreous humor.
- Francesco Paolo Busardò,
- Francesca Portelli,
- Angelo Montana,
- Maria Concetta Rotolo,
- Simona Pichini,
- Emiliano Maresi
Leg Med (Tokyo) 2017 Apr 11;26:92-97. Epub 2017 Apr 11.
Department of Sciences for Health Promotion and Mother and Child Care, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
We here report a case involving a 21-year-old female, found dead in a central square of a city in the south of Italy. Initial evidences and circumstances were suggestive of a death associated with a sexual assault. Two peripheral blood and two vitreous humor samples were collected for the purpose of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) testing from the dead body at two different post-mortem intervals (PMIs): approximately 2 (t0) and 36 (t1) hours. Read More