Elevated creatinine levels in rape assault survivors

N. Ende, S. B. Gertner, S. G. Hwang, B. Socha

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Urine specimens were collected from alleged rape survivors. In 13 of the 29 survivors, creatinine levels were over 150 mg/dl, and nine of these were over 200 mg/dl. These elevated urine creatinine levels persisted for some time after the alleged rape attacks. Various controls yielded overall levels below those of the alleged rape assault survivors. When control values of creatinine and osmolality of pre- and postintercourse samples were plotted and compared by linear regression covariance analysis to the data on alleged rape survivors, the levels of urinary creatinine in the alleged rape survivors were higher than would have been expected from urine osmolality increases. The dissimilarity of the two sets of data has a p value < 0.0001. These findings might serve as supplemental objective evidence of rape (or terror) that could be used medicolegally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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