Embalming Solutions and their Adverse Effects: An Update

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2013,3,2,735-738.
Published:May 2013
Type:Review Articles
Author(s) affiliations:

Rahul Kumar1,*, Rakesh Kumar Verma2, Rakesh Kumar Dixit1, Navneet Kumar2, Narendra Kumar1, D K Katiyar1

Department of Pharmacology, KG Medical University, Lucknow-226003 (U.P.), India. Department of Anatomy, KG Medical University, Lucknow-226003 (U.P.), India.


Both formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde based embalming solutions are widely used in preserving dead bodies and in pathology, forensic medicine and museums. Phenoxyethanol may be an alternative to them. Each of them has its merits and demerits but none of them is totally nontoxic. This review is about various possible adverse effects of these embalmbing solutions.

Embalming solutions and their adverse effects: An update