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Death attributed to ethyl chloride.

Authors
  • Yacoub, I
  • Robinson, C A
  • Simmons, G T
  • Hall, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of analytical toxicology
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1993
Volume
17
Issue
6
Pages
384–385
Identifiers
PMID: 8271788
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A young college student was found unresponsive, head down in his pillow with a metal canister containing ethyl chloride in or beside his right hand. Resuscitative efforts failed. Qualitative screening detected ethyl chloride in the vitreous fluid and antemortem and postmortem blood. Quantitation was carried out on available fluids with the following results: hospital blood, 20 mg/dL; postmortem blood, 65 mg/dL; and vitreous fluid, 41.7 mg/dL. No other drugs or volatiles were found. Death was subsequently attributed to an overdose or adverse reaction to this product.

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