Post-mortem stability and redistribution of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT)

Fabio De Giorgio, Juha Kaleva Rainio, Franco Tagliaro, G De Paoli, H Druid, R Kauppila, Federica Bortolotti

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Post-mortem diagnosis of chronic alcohol abuse is a challenge for forensic experts due to the lack of pathognomonic morphological findings and often also inadequate background information. Objective methods demonstrating chronic excessive alcohol consumption would therefore be a useful tool for forensic pathologists. In clinical practice, several markers of chronic alcohol abuse have recently been introduced, among which carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) is the most accepted, but the use of these markers in autopsy has not yet been established. We examined post-mortem stability and possible post-mortem redistribution of CDT and compared two analytical methods, capillary zone electrophoresis and high-performance liquid chromatography. According to our results, CDT remains stable for an appreciable time after death. The results further indicate that CDT is not subject to major post-mortem redistribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalForensic Science International
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • carbohydrate-deficient transferrin


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