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Colour measurements of pallor mortis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10741481     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little interest has yet been focused on the development of postmortem paleness (pallor mortis). Using an opto-electronical colour measurement device, we examined pallor mortis in 126 bodies and compared these findings to the average skin colour of 72 living Caucasian volunteers. It was shown that (a) hairy skin influences the results and any hair must be removed by shaving before colour determination, (b) among the living, there is a skin colour difference between the sexes which disappears after death, (c) postmortem paleness is caused by lack of capillary circulation after death and (d) paleness develops so rapidly after death that it has no or little use in determining time of death.
A T Schäfer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of legal medicine     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0937-9827     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Legal Med.     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-20     Completed Date:  2000-04-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101456     Medline TA:  Int J Legal Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Aachen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Colorimetry / methods*,  standards
Forensic Medicine / methods*
Postmortem Changes*
Skin Pigmentation*

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