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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

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: September 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 256–258
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31820f1529
Case Reports

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.

From the Institutes of *Forensic Medicine and Medicolegal Expertises and †Pharmacology, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Martin, Slovak Republic.

Manuscript received August 26, 2010; accepted November 11, 2010.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Jozef Krajcovic, MD, PhD, Institute of Forensic Medicine and Medicolegal Expertises, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, 036 59 Martin, Slovak Republic. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.