(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.
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
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