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Why do people and animals swell up when they Die?

52 mths ago

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Many (but not all) bacteria produce gas as a by-product of their metabolism, so does the process of fermentation by some fungi. The combination of the two can produce enough gas to raise a drowned body to the surface. However, should a drowned body sink well below the thermocline as in a deep lake, the temperature is so low at the bottom that the processes of decay are slowed, or even stopped, and the body will not rise to the surface. Such was the case with the tragic death of Donald Campbell when his jet-powered hydroplane flew apart on Conniston Water. His body was only fairly recently discovered and raised for proper burial. I won't go into details here but the one diver desccribed Campbell's body as being like a large piece of soap!!

52 mths ago

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Gasses........

52 mths ago

LMAO! Never even noticed...

52 mths ago

Yess gasses caused by decomposition of tissue and the water seperates from the blood.

52 mths ago

Gas

52 mths ago

Yep, it's gasses.

52 mths ago

I HAVE SEEN QUITE A FEW DEAD PEOPLE and not one of them was swollen up.

52 mths ago

Neso is correct. Its the bacteria that starts to decompose the body which produce gas. The correct medical and legal term is RIGOR MORTIS. It only starts a while after death and doesn't last long, then the body goes 'limp' again. The bacteria in the veins and arteries also turns them into that icky green-blackish colour which causes the 'lines' and 'stripes' on the dead body.

Source: Medicina Forensis 400 (Varsity)

52 mths ago

Its the process called "vrot"

52 mths ago

Trapped gasses.

52 mths ago

Decomposition results in gasses and that's why the blow-up and even explosion thing happens.

52 mths ago

all been said!

52 mths ago

I sometimes swell up and I'm not even dead.

52 mths ago

Bomb inside

52 mths ago

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