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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2013 Mar;34(1):23-5. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31827ab5ad.

Suicide by hydrogen sulfide inhalation.

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Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 57-83 Kavanagh St, Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia.


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.

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