Volume 31, Issue 1 (January 1986)

    Suicide by Ingestion of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide

    (Received 11 April 1984; accepted 24 April 1985)


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    Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) is a free radical-generating compound used as a fiberglass resin hardener. A 41-year-old Haitian man developed severe metabolic acidosis, hemolysis, esophageal and gastric necrosis, and perforation of the stomach after drinking an undetermined amount of MEKP in a successful suicide attempt. The biochemical effects of free radicals explain the necrosis and hemolysis observed.

    Author Information:

    Gressmann, E
    Toxicologist, Miami, FL

    Romig, LA
    Resident in emergency medicine, University of Missouri, Kansas City Affiliated Hospitals, Kansas City, MO

    Mittleman, RE
    Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Miami, FL

    Stock #: JFS11889J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11889J

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    Title Suicide by Ingestion of Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30