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Anesth Analg. 2009 Apr;108(4):1182-4. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e318198d45e.

Death from propofol: accident, suicide, or murder?

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Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Box 100254 JHMHSC, Gainesville, FL 32610-0254, USA. RKirby@anest.ufl.edu

Abstract

A 24-yr-old woman was found dead in her home from apparent propofol "toxicity." Her blood level of propofol was 4.3 microg/mL. She had no history of drug abuse and no evidence of such behavior at autopsy. The medical examiner and police investigators felt that she died from probable homicide. Attention was focused on a male registered nurse acquaintance, who had acquired propofol and other drugs in the course of his regular duties in a surgical intensive care unit. This is the first reported case of murder with propofol.

PMID:
19299783
DOI:
10.1213/ane.0b013e318198d45e
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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