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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31827ab5ad
Case Reports

Suicide by Hydrogen Sulfide Inhalation

Bott, Eleanor MBBS, BSc (Hons); Dodd, Malcolm MBBS (Hons), FRCPA, DMJ(Path), FFFLM (RCP-UK), Assoc Dip MLT, MACLM, AAIMLT, FACBS, Grad Cert Health Prof Ed

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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.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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