A Death Involving Asphyxiation from Propane Inhalation

    Volume 25, Issue 1 (January 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1980

    Page Count: 4


    Hameli, AZ
    Toxicologist and chief medical examiner-director, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Wilmington, Del.

    Haq, MZ
    Toxicologist and chief medical examiner-director, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Wilmington, Del.

    (Received 19 April 1979; accepted 21 June 1979)

    Abstract

    A death involving asphyxiation by propane inhalation is reported. The presence of propane was determined in blood, brain, kidney, liver, and lung by gas chromatography. Autopsy samples were heated in hot water, and headspace samples from various specimens were injected into the gas chromatograph. The identity of propane was established on the basis of the retention times. The brain of the deceased showed the highest level of propane, whereas the kidney exhibited the lowest level.


    Paper ID: JFS10931J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10931J

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    Title A Death Involving Asphyxiation from Propane Inhalation
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