International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 122, Issue 3, pp 245–249

Detection of ethyl glucuronide in dried human blood using LC-MS/MS


    • Department of General PhysiologyUniversity of Ulm
    • Institute for Laser Technology in Medicine
  • Andreas Alt
    • Department of Forensic MedicineUniversity of Ulm
Technical Note

DOI: 10.1007/s00414-007-0219-x

Cite this article as:
Kaufmann, E. & Alt, A. Int J Legal Med (2008) 122: 245. doi:10.1007/s00414-007-0219-x


Ethyl glucuronide, as a direct metabolite of ethanol degradation, has proven useful as a long-term marker in many forensic applications. The inability to determine ethyl glucuronide in dried blood left a missing link in many investigations. Here, we describe a new method based on mass spectrometry in a Pauli-type ion trap in order to determine this substance in dried blood samples.


EthanolEthyl glucuronideLC/MSIon trap

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