This article reports the determination of phenobarbital in the mummified body of a 56-year-old man found completely mummified 10 years after his death. When alive, he was being treated for epilepsy with phenobarbital, and the recent analyses, performed with both immunochemical techniques and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS), have revealed the presence of this substance in various tissues: the mean content of barbiturate in the mummified liver tissue was 93 lg ⁄ g, 216 lg ⁄ g in the heart, 17 lg ⁄ g in the lungs, 12 lg ⁄ g in muscles, and 31 lg ⁄ g in the skin. Preliminary screening tests with immunochemical techniques to evaluate the presence of other drugs were also performed. The sample resulted negative for all substances tested. Phenobarbital can be identified and quantified thanks to its excellent chemical stability and a hypothesis of what the concentrations in the fresh tissue could have been has also been reported.
|Autori interni:||GIUSIANI, MARIO|
|Autori:||GIUSIANI M; CHERICONI S; DOMENICI R|
|Titolo:||Identification and quantification of Phenobarbital in a mummified body ten years after death|
|Anno del prodotto:||2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02147.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|