Scarce experimental data exist describing postmortem effects of burial in cement. The scanty literature presents several case reports, but no experimental study. To perform a pilot study, the following experimental system was designed: 4 piglet corpses, who died of natural causes, were encased in concrete. After 1, 2, 3, and 6 months, a block was opened, and autopsy and microscopic analyses were performed. At the first month, initial putrefaction had started, and hindlegs were partly skeletonized. At the second month, both forelegs and hindlegs were partly skeletonized, and the abdomen and back showed advanced putrefaction. At the third month, the samples showed areas of mummification at the abdomen within a general context of initial putrefaction. At the sixth month, the sample showed wide adipocere formation. Histological findings revealed in some analyzed tissues (epithelium, dermis, adipose, and subcutaneous muscular tissues) a well-defined histological pattern even at 3 months after encasement in concrete: this means that microscopic changes may be delayed in concrete and that it may be worth performing histological analyses even in such kind of decomposed material.

Burial of piglet carcasses in cement : a study of macroscopic and microscopic alterations on an animal model / D. Gibelli, A. Di Giancamillo, A. Taborelli, D. Porta, S. Andreola, F. Ferro, F. Vitari, C. Domeneghini, M. Grandi, C. Cattaneo. - In: THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY. - ISSN 0195-7910. - 34:1(2013 Mar), pp. 43-49. [10.1097/PAF.0b013e31827a0594]

Burial of piglet carcasses in cement : a study of macroscopic and microscopic alterations on an animal model

D. Gibelli;A. Di Giancamillo;A. Taborelli;F. Vitari;C. Domeneghini;M. Grandi;C. Cattaneo
2013-03

Abstract

Scarce experimental data exist describing postmortem effects of burial in cement. The scanty literature presents several case reports, but no experimental study. To perform a pilot study, the following experimental system was designed: 4 piglet corpses, who died of natural causes, were encased in concrete. After 1, 2, 3, and 6 months, a block was opened, and autopsy and microscopic analyses were performed. At the first month, initial putrefaction had started, and hindlegs were partly skeletonized. At the second month, both forelegs and hindlegs were partly skeletonized, and the abdomen and back showed advanced putrefaction. At the third month, the samples showed areas of mummification at the abdomen within a general context of initial putrefaction. At the sixth month, the sample showed wide adipocere formation. Histological findings revealed in some analyzed tissues (epithelium, dermis, adipose, and subcutaneous muscular tissues) a well-defined histological pattern even at 3 months after encasement in concrete: this means that microscopic changes may be delayed in concrete and that it may be worth performing histological analyses even in such kind of decomposed material.
forensic science; taphonomy; decomposition; concrete; cement; postmortem interval; piglets
Settore MED/43 - Medicina Legale
Settore VET/01 - Anatomia degli Animali Domestici
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