Report of a Fatal, Acute Tripelennamine Intoxication

    Volume 20, Issue 3 (July 1975)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1975

    Page Count: 5


    Walsh, FM
    Head of Toxicology Section, Resident in Pathology, and Chairman, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

    Valaske, MJ
    Head of Toxicology Section, Resident in Pathology, and Chairman, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

    Barley, M
    Head of Toxicology Section, Resident in Pathology, and Chairman, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

    (Received 30 August 1974; accepted 23 October 1974)

    Abstract

    Tripelennamine is a widely used antihistamine. It has been reported as a drug of abuse (“blue velvet”) with multiple deaths being attributed to its chronic intravenous usage [1]. Acute oral ingestion resulting in death, however, is unusual. There has been one reported death in a 2-year-old child [2], but thus far no deaths have been reported in adults due to tripelennamine overdose. This report presents both autopsy findings and toxicological analysis in what we believe is the first fatal case in an adult.


    Paper ID: JFS10299J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10299J

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