Electrically induced deposition of metal on the human skin

Forensic Sci Int. 1997 Nov 10;90(1-2):85-92. doi: 10.1016/s0379-0738(97)00151-5.


The diagnosis of electrical lesions may be difficult. Forensic material consisting of 24 post-mortem skin samples from 11 fatalities due to electricity was examined with regard to the deposition of iron or copper on the skin. Metal deposition was demonstrated on the epidermis in eight cases. It is concluded that staining for iron and copper may improve the diagnostic sensitivity of electrical lesions.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autopsy / methods*
  • Autopsy / standards
  • Cause of Death*
  • Copper / analysis*
  • Electric Injuries / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Iron / analysis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postmortem Changes
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Staining and Labeling / methods


  • Copper
  • Iron