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Forensic Sci Int. 1995 May 22;73(2):139-41.

Accidental death by nitrous oxide inhalation.

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Allegheny County Department of Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA.


Nitrous oxide is a popular inhalation anesthetic-analgesic agent. Its euphoric action and its availability have led to its abuse. We report a case of fatal accidental asphyxia due to nitrous oxide abuse. The deceased was a hospital worker who had access to the hospital supply of nitrous oxide. His death was due to hypoxemia and asphyxiation, secondary to nitrous oxide inhalation.

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