Suicide by hydrogen sulfide inhalation

Eleanor Bott, Malcolm Dodd

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Abstract

The authors report a case of suicide by hydrogen sulfide in Australia. A young woman was located in a car wearing protective eyewear. A tub of foamy yellow substance and a quantity of hydrochloric acid and lime sulfur were also located in the rear of the vehicle. Morphological findings at autopsy were nonspecific. Toxicologic analysis of a specimen of leg blood detected elevated levels of methemoglobin.If Australia follows a similar trend to Japan and the United States, it is possible that incidences of such cases will rise, probably because of Internet dissemination. From a public health perspective, emergency service providers and forensic case workers should be aware of the potential hazards to themselves and others when dealing with such cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • hydrogen sulfide
  • post mortem
  • suicide

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