Ethanol distribution in the brain of a victim autopsied after acute subdural hemorrhage

Kou Takahashi, Noriaki Ikeda, Keiko Kudo, Yukio Ohtsuka

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We examined ethanol distribution in the brain of a 62-year-old male, who had died of acute subdural hemorrhage 4 days after injury. His blood ethanol concentration was 2.70 mg/g on admission. Blood pressure suddenly decreased and spontaneous respiration ceased 7 h after admission. He was artificially ventilated and died 4 days later. Ethanol was detected in the subdural hematoma, cerebellum, medulla oblongata and all cerebral lobes. Ethanol level in the right parietal lobe was highest; the levels in the right hemisphere of the cerebrum were higher than those in the left. Ethanol levels in the right parietal lobe were almost the same as the blood level calculated 7 h after admission; while the levels in the left parietal lobe and cerebellum were much lower. Thus, it was judged that cerebral blood flow first ceased in the right parietal lobe at 7 h after admission and completely ceased in other regions 11-12 h after. Assessment of ethanol distribution in multiple brain regions seems useful for estimating the time and progression profile of brain death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999

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Hematoma, Subdural, Acute
Parietal Lobe
Ethanol
Brain
Cerebellum
Cerebrovascular Circulation
Subdural Hematoma
Medulla Oblongata
Brain Death
Cerebrum
Respiration
Blood Pressure
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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Ethanol distribution in the brain of a victim autopsied after acute subdural hemorrhage. / Takahashi, Kou; Ikeda, Noriaki; Kudo, Keiko; Ohtsuka, Yukio.

In: Legal Medicine, Vol. 1, No. 2, 01.01.1999, p. 111-113.

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Takahashi, Kou ; Ikeda, Noriaki ; Kudo, Keiko ; Ohtsuka, Yukio. / Ethanol distribution in the brain of a victim autopsied after acute subdural hemorrhage. In: Legal Medicine. 1999 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 111-113.
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