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Chapter: Modern Medical Toxicology: General Principles: Medicolegal Aspects of Poisoning

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Histopathological Examination

Since poisons can cause degenerative changes in target organs, histopathological evidence of such damage can be a valuable corroborative adjunct.

HISTOPATHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION

Since poisons can cause degenerative changes in target organs, histopathological evidence of such damage can be a valuable corroborative adjunct. Microscopic examination of tissues may also sometimes help to substantiate a suspicion of long standing abuse which could have contributed to the cause of death. Tissues submitted for histopathology must always be preserved in formalin.

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