Hepatic injuries resulting from chronic alcohol abuse identified by forensics

Vol. 62 No. 3, 2021


Dragos-Valentin Crauciuc, Cristinel Ionel Stan, Laura Adriana Riscanu, Octavian Ion Predescu, Diana Bulgaru-Iliescu

Alcohol intake is largely spread all over the world, although it is well-known that it causes important changes of the liver, from liver steatosis, hepatitis to liver cirrhosis. The study we performed on 93 patients deceased in suspicious circumstances and brought to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Iasi, Romania, confirmed through the determination of Ethyl glucuronide, that these were alcohol consumers. The macroscopic analysis during necropsy highlighted the presence of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), while microscopy studies confirmed the macroscopic observations. The immunohistochemical studies showed the existence of a chronic liver inflammation, the transdifferentiation of stellate hepatic cells, the activation of Kupffer cells, important changes of the hepatic vascular network, hepatocyte necrosis, lipid loadings and the progression of liver fibrosis process.

Corresponding author: Dragos-Valentin Crauciuc, Assistant, MD; e-mail: crauciuc.dragos@gmail.com; Octavian Ion Predescu, Lecturer, MD, PhD; e-mail: octavian_predescu@yahoo.com

DOI: 10.47162/RJME.62.3.20 Download PDF
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