Volume 35, Issue 6 (November 1990)

    Fetal Death Due to Nonlethal Maternal Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    (Received 19 July 1989; accepted 1 December 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Fetal death due to acute carbon monoxide poisoning is rarely reported in the medical literature. Of the eight cases found in literature review, only one documented the fetal carboxyhemoglobin concentration. This paper reports a fetal death due to accidental nonlethal maternal carbon monoxide intoxication in which both maternal and fetal carboxhyhemoglobin concentrations were obtained. The corrected carboxyhemoglobin concentration was 61% at the time of death in utero, while the maternal carboxyhemoglobin was measured at 7% after one hour of supplemental oxygen. The authors review the mechanisms of fetal death and emphasize the different carbon monoxide kinetics in the fetal circulation.


    Author Information:

    Davis, GJ
    Assistant medical examiner, assistant chief medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisville, KY

    Nichols, GR
    Assistant medical examiner, assistant chief medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisville, KY

    Farrow, JR
    Fellow in respiratory medicine and assistant professor of medicine, The Division of Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

    McCloud, LC
    Assistant medical examiner, assistant chief medical examiner, and chief medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisville, KY

    Roy, TM
    Fellow in respiratory medicine and assistant professor of medicine, The Division of Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY


    Stock #: JFS12982J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12982J

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    Title Fetal Death Due to Nonlethal Maternal Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30