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30 Jul 2005

Pathology report of burn victim
An acquaintance was burnt to death and the blood taken from near the liver showed a very high alcohol content- the person never touched alcohol and the dr. explained to the family that this high content is common in all burn victims. Could you explain how this is possible, if in fact it is possible. Thanks!
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01 Jan 0001

The liver contains glycogen which is released after death in the blood vessels near the heart. Microbiological activity due to decomposition results in the production of alcohol. This is why we never collect specimens from the chest in dead persons; either from the eye or from a distal vein like in the groin.
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