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I need to get more information on the validity of a blood

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Hello, I need to get more information on the validity of a blood sample tested for alcohol.
One of the posts makes reference to samples able to ferment thereby increasing the alcohol level before lowering.
I'm looking for data/research on this topic. Sample stored in a vial, 21 days, refrigerated (I assume)
What if the sample was not immediately stored in refrigeration? Could that cause a start of fermentation?
Thank you
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

This is Dr. David

if the sample was not refrigerated and had some bacteria or yeast in the sample, and there was a source of sugar in the sample, the yeast can turn sugar into alcohol.

but the chances of this happening are very very low

there are some medical conditions where patients are not drinking alcohol and they can have alcohol in their system.

this is the Yeast auto brewery defense
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10976182

is an article on it

but this condition is very rare.

let me know if you have questions.

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