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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

On-line version ISSN 1988-611XPrint version ISSN 1135-7606


SIBON OLANO, A.; MARTINEZ-GARCIA, P.  and  ROMERO PALANCO, JL.. Partial cadaverous saponification. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2004, n.38, pp.47-51. ISSN 1988-611X.

The processes of cadaverous decomposition hinder, in a very important way, the work of the forensic pathologist in the clarification of the cause of the death. We can state that this difficulty is directly proportional at the time lapsed between the death and the finding of the corpse or the autopsy practice. Sometimes, however, the conservative phenomenae of the cadaver appear and may, in a natural way, retard or impede the development of the decomposition, allowing the forensic investigation. The natural processes conservatives of the cadaver are the mummification, saponification and leathery. In the case presented, the accusation alleged in the Tribunal lapsed ten months from the death, being then performed the exhumation and later forensic autopsy. The corpse suffered a partial saponification that helped the forensic investigation.

Keywords : Saponification; adipocere; conservative phenomenae; cadaver.

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