postmortem caloricity

postmortem caloricity

A state in which the body temperature remains elevated—or even increases—for up to several hours after death.

Postmortem glycogenolysis
Normal phenomenon; increase of up to 2ºC.
 
Causes of death
• Septicaemia:
  — Infectious disease;
  — Bacteremia;
  — Tetanus, rabies, yellow fever;
• Asphyxia;
• Severe convulsions:
  — Tetanus;
  — Strychnine;
• Hyperpyrexia at death:
  — Heat stroke (sun stroke);
  — Pontine haemorrhage;
• High atmospheric temperature;
• Peritonitis, meningitis, nephritis;
• Alcohol poisoning.