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J Forensic Sci. 2005 May;50(3):676-8.

An unusual form of fatal ethanol intoxication.

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  • 1District Six Medical Examiner Office, Largo, FL 33778, USA.


Forensic pathologists are very familiar with deaths due to ethanol intoxication. The overwhelming majority of these deaths are a result of the oral ingestion of ethanol. We report an unusual case of an individual who expired in his secured residence after self administration of a wine enema. Toxicology showed an ethanol concentration of 0.40 g/dL in the blood and 0.41 g/dL in the vitreous fluid. Scene investigation was of paramount importance in determining the unusual method by which the decedent absorbed the alcoholic beverage.

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