Alcoholic Ketoacidosis As A Cause Of Death, Who Came First?
I read with interest the article ‘The Postmortem Diagnosis of Alcoholic Ketoacidosis’ by Palmiere and Augsburger (2014). However for the sake of truth I must protest against the statement on page 272: ‘The first report in the forensic field suggesting that ketoacidosis could be partially responsible for unexplained deaths in alcoholics dates back to 1993 and concerns a study performed by L.N. Denmark on 49 autopsy cases that included chronic alcohol-abuse related deaths’. Together with my co-authors I submitted an article that was acknowledged by Forensic Science International on 19 January 1993 and published in vol. 60 (Thomsen et al., 1993). In that article we described our results as ‘strongly indicative of ketoacidosis as the sole or contributing cause of death…’. We were convinced that we solved the riddle of ‘Fatty liver deaths’. L.N. Denmarks excellent work on beta-hydroxybutyrate was received at Forensic Science International, 4 April 1993 and published in vol. 62. It had been known for many years that alcoholics, who stop drinking after a binge, may be found dead shortly after. The only abnormality to be found is a fatty liver. There are no drugs to be de Continue reading >>