Ingestion of Isobutyl Nitrite, A Recreational Chemical of Abuse, Causing Fatal Methemoglobinemia

    Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 1987

    Page Count: 2


    Dixon, DS
    deputy medical examiner, Office of the Coroner, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA

    Robbins, GB
    Medical examiner of Bristol County, Massachusetts and pathologist for medical examiner of Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Medical Examiner, Boston, MA

    O'Toole, JB
    Medical examiner of Bristol County, Massachusetts and pathologist for medical examiner of Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Medical Examiner, Boston, MA

    (Received 30 March 1987; accepted 6 April 1987)

    Abstract

    Isobutyl nitrite is widely abused as a sexual stimulant and enhancer of discotheque dancing. Though the usual route of administration by inhalation has not resulted in any toxicologically verified deaths, there may be fatal toxic methemoglobinemia if the chemical is orally ingested. A second case of death following ingestion is discussed.


    Paper ID: JFS11240J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11240J

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    Title Ingestion of Isobutyl Nitrite, A Recreational Chemical of Abuse, Causing Fatal Methemoglobinemia
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    Committee E30