Toxicologist, Miami, FL
Resident in emergency medicine, University of Missouri, Kansas City Affiliated Hospitals, Kansas City, MO
Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Miami, FL
(Received 11 April 1984; accepted 24 April 1985)
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.
Paper ID: JFS11889J