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Rom J Leg Med21(3)237-238(2013)
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Usefulness of intratracheal gas analysis in an autopsy case of helium inhalation

N. Tanaka, H. Kinoshita, M. Jamal, M. Kumihashi, T. Tobiume, K. Tsutsui, K. Ameno

Abstract: A case of fatal asphyxia by helium inhalation from inside a plastic bag closed around the neck with tape is presented. Helium was identified by headspace gas chromatography in the intratracheal gas, lung tissue and blood. Severe congestion of the organs was also observed. We concluded that the cause of death was asphyxia due to inhalation of helium, and identification of helium from intratracheal gas was useful for making this diagnosis.
Keywords: helium, inert gas, asphyxia, headspace gas chromatography, intratracheal gas.

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