Fatal respiration of liquefied petroleum gas

K. P. Kirkbride, C. H. Manock

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We have found that an efficient method of providing evidence of lethal solvent abuse is to sample headspace above lung tissue and then perform cryogenically focused gas-liquid chromatography. In the case presented, the level of lethal agent in lung tissue was low, but the solvent was present in abundance in the pleural cavity. We conclude that the pleural cavity acts as an efficient trap for aspirated substances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-354
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes


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