Medico-Legal Study on the Skin Color of Cadavers Exposed to Exhaust Fumes

  • Takaaki Shinomiya
  • Kaoru Shinomiya
  • Chitoshi Orimoto
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In previous experiments done on nude mice, postmortem exposure to exhaust fumes caused a marked change in skin colour. The skin of the mice exposed to exhaust fumes after death visibly reddened in comparison with the skin of the control group mice which did not receive postmortem exposure. At the 15th Congress of the Academy in Zaragoza in 1991, we showed this skin colour change using the CHROMAMETER CR-200, which objectively determines colour value using a system of three dimensional colour space CIELAB (L*a*b* CIE 1976).

In supposing that carbon monoxide (CO) in the exhaust fumes had been the cause of the skin colour change, we compared the skin colour of the mice with the content of the CO in the tissues of the three groups of mice; the control group (A), the group of dead mice who received postmortem exposure to exhaust fumes (B), and the group of living mice who had been exposed to exhaust fumes (C). Concerning the value of a* of the three groups (A,B,C), there is a positive significant difference, and the order of the value of a* is C > B > A.

key words

forensic medicine carbon monoxide color skin nude mice exhaust fumes. 

Etude de Medeco-Legale sur la Couleur de la Peau de Souris Mortes Exposees au Gaz D’Echappement


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takaaki Shinomiya
    • 1
  • Kaoru Shinomiya
    • 1
  • Chitoshi Orimoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Legal Medicine, School of MedicineEhime University ShitsukawaShigenobu-cho, Onsen-gun, Ehime-ken, 791-02Japan

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