Forensic medicine – MCQ 44 – Postmortem caloricity

In which of the following conditions, postmortem caloricity is seen?
A. Massive haemorrhage
B. Cyanide poisoning
C. Corrosive poisoning
D. Septicemia

Correct answer : D. Septicemia

Conditions causing postmortem caloricity:

  • Disturbance in heat regulation – sunstroke, pontine haemorrhage
  • Increased heat production in muscles – tetanus, strychnine poisoning
  • Bacterial / viral activity – septicemia / infections
  • Intense asphyxia

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