Biochemical analysis of the vitreous humour in 80 infants brought to necropsy, including 18 in whom terminal plasma levels were known, indicates that sodium and urea levels closely reflect ante-mortem plasma values. With increasing time, post-mortem vitreous sodium and glucose concentrations diminish, whereas urea and magnesium rise. Vitreous magnesium levels are age related. Chemical analysis of vitreous humour is thus a valid adjunct to the post-mortem examination and may be important in the study of unexpected deaths in infancy.
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