Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 1994)

    Asphyxial Suicide by Propane Inhalation and Plastic Bag Suffocation

    (Received 1 April 1993; accepted 22 June 1993)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A 26-year-old male committed suicide by inducing asphyxia using a combination of plastic bag suffocation and propane-gas inhalation. This method has been reported in the literature, but it remains unusual. Autopsy findings were consistent with a hypoxic event, and blood, brain, and lung tissue tested positive for propane by gas chromatography. Propane, while possessing some narcotic properties, causes death primarily by displacing oxygen in the atmosphere with resultant asphyxia.


    Author Information:

    Archibald, JT
    Toxicologist, RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Avis, SP
    Assistant Professor of Pathology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland


    Stock #: JFS13593J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13593J

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    Title Asphyxial Suicide by Propane Inhalation and Plastic Bag Suffocation
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    Committee E30