Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 322–326 | Cite as

Point-of-care hemoglobin A1c testing in postmortem examination

  • Joo-Young NaEmail author
Original Article


Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a good marker for monitoring glycemic control, and an elevated postmortem blood HbA1c level might indicate poor glycemic control during the antemortem period. The HbA1c level can be measured as a point-of-care (POC) test. In forensic medicine, POC testing is useful for performing autopsies and postmortem inspections since POC testing is both rapid and efficient. This study evaluated HbA1c levels in the capillary and cardiac venous blood of postmortem specimens as well as the usefulness of evaluating HbA1c levels as POC testing in postmortem examinations. For HbA1c testing performed on 103 autopsy cases, a portable SD A1cCare (test) was used for the POC testing, along with a Cobas Integra 800 (comparative). There was a strong correlation between HbA1c levels from postmortem capillary and cardiac venous blood (regression equation, 0.000 + 1.000×), and between HbA1c levels of cardiac venous blood measured using the portable SD A1cCare as a POC test and the Cobas Integra 800 (regression equation, −0.532 + 1.080×). HbA1c levels measured up to 4 weeks following the autopsy with the SD A1cCare had a tendency to decline. The author concluded that HbA1c POC testing can be used during postmortem inspection and during autopsy to accurately identify patients who had uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.


Forensic pathology Glycated hemoglobin A Point-of-care testing Autopsy Diabetes mellitus 



This study was supported by the National Forensic Service (NFS2017MED01), Ministry of Interior, Republic of Korea.

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Conflict of interest

The author declares that they have no conflict of interest.

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the authors.

Ethical approval

This study was undertaken using medicolegal autopsies with a Court warrant requested by the public prosecutor. The author and institute that approved this study adjudged this study to be exempt from IRB approval.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomedical Research InstituteChonnam National University HospitalGwangjuRepublic of Korea

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