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Rom J Leg Med20(3)195-196(2012)
DOI:10.4323/rjlm.2012.195
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An autopsy case of fuel gas abuse

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


Abstract: A case of fatal fuel gas poisoning in a teenager is presented. Quantitative toxicological analysis showed that the concentration of n-butane, isobutane and propane in the femoral blood were 1.22μl/ml, 0.20μl/ml and 1.16μl/ml, respectively. Severe congestion of the lungs was also observed. We concluded that the cause of death of the victim was due to cardiac arrhythmia induced by the abuse of the fuel gas containing butane.
Keywords: butane, inhalation, abuse, fuel gas, volatile substance.



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