[Advance of Forensic Research in Insulin Poisoning]

Fa Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2017 Feb;33(1):48-51. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1004-5619.2017.01.012. Epub 2017 Feb 25.
[Article in Chinese]


Insulin as a common clinical hypoglycemic agent can effectively control serves to lower the concentration of blood glucose. However, insulin overdose can lead to death. In the whole fatal cases of insulin overdose, medical accident is the most common, followed by suicide. Though insulin homicide is extremely rare, it deserves great attention. Though there are some researches about insulin poisoning on forensic toxicology and pathology, it is still a difficult task in forensic practice. In this paper, the mechanism of death, pathological changes, detection methods and diagnose criteria of insulin overdose will be discussed in the view of forensic toxicology and pathology. We hope that this paper could enhance relative knowledges of insulin poisoning for medical examiners.

Keywords: forensic pathology; insulin; poisoning; review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Death
  • Drug Overdose*
  • Forensic Toxicology*
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / poisoning*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Insulins / poisoning*
  • Insulins / therapeutic use
  • Poisoning / pathology*
  • Suicide


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulins