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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31820f1529
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An Unusual Case of Anesthetic Abuse by a Full-Face Gas Mask

Krajcovic, Jozef MD, PhD*; Novomesky, Frantisek MD, PhD*; Stuller, Frantisek MD, PhD*; Straka, Lubomir MD, PhD*; Mokry, Juraj MD, PhD

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Abstract: The authors report a case of sniffing of halothane (Narcotan) by a 32-year-old man, master of pharmacy, through the military full-face gas mask. The liquid halothane had been applied on the scrubber of the gas mask and voluntarily inhaled. The sniffer was found dead in his flat, with the gas mask still fixed and sealed on his face. Because the authors have not encountered any report of such a case in the literature, they present and discuss this case in this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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