The analysis of hormones and enzymes extracted from endocrine glands of the neck region in deaths due to hanging


ŞENOL E., DEMİREL B. , AKAR T. , GÜLBAHAR Ö. , Bakar C., BUKAN N.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY, cilt.29, sa.1, ss.49-54, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 29 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1097/paf.0b013e31815b4c80
  • Dergi Adı: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.49-54

Özet

Our study was designed to determine whether the hormone and enzyme levels that we have mentioned in serum specimens can be used in postmortem examinations of the cases of hanging or not. Our research includes the postmortem results of the thyroid tissue pathologic examinations, serum levels of triiodothyronine (fT3), thyroxine (fT4), thyrotropin (TSH), thyroglobulin, parathormone (PTH), calcitonin, and amylase in cases of death due to hanging. The mean of fT3 and thyroglobulin levels were higher in hanging cases than those of sudden death cases. This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.05). In our study, we obtained data demonstrating that high postmortem levels of free T3 and thyroglobulin may be indicators of vital reaction in hanging cases. In such cases of death, it seems that applying pressure on the neck region where the thyroid gland is located causes the leakage of thyroglobulin as well as fT3, the active form of the thyroid hormone.