Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Reduction in Purkinje fiber number in rats undergone fatal electrocution med./bio.

Published in: Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2012; 33 (1): 19-21

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To investigate the changes in the structure of Purkinje fibers in cardiac tissue following fatal electrocution in rats.

Background/further details

Sixteen rats were divided into two groups: the electrocution group (n=8) and the control group (n=8). All animals were anesthetized. In the electrocution group, the eight rats underwent fatal electrocution, followed by cervical dislocation. In the control group, the eight rats were executed by cervical dislocation alone.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: not specified

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
Exposure duration not specified
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Setup the anode connected to the left foreleg and the cathode to the right hind leg
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
cf. remarks - - - - voltage: 220 V

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Investigated organ system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

A significant reduction in the number of Purkinje fibers was observed in the electrocution group compared with the control group.

Study character:

Study funded by

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