Volume 41, Issue 3 (May 1996)

    Two Fatal Cases of Dichloromethane or Chloroform Poisoning

    (Received 26 June 1995; accepted 28 September 1995)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The two cases presented here involve deaths that were due to dichloromethane or chloroform poisoning. The dichloromethane and chloroform were determined in biological specimens by headspace gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detector. In one case, dichloromethane concentrations found were 252 mg/L (blood), 75 mg/kg (brain) and 30 mg/kg (heart). From the case investigation, it was determined that the death was accidental but related to the dichloromethane poisoning. In the other case, chloroform concentrations were 60 mg/kg (blood) and 14 mg/kg (lungs), respectively. This case, the cause of death was chloroform poisoning by forced inhalation in addition to oronasal obstruction.


    Author Information:

    Suh, JK
    Researcher and Chief, Division of Chemical Analysis, Header, Department of Research and Development, Division of Chemical Analysis The National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Seoul,

    Kim, NY
    Researcher and Chief, Division of Chemical Analysis, Header, Department of Research and Development, Division of Chemical Analysis The National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Seoul,

    Park, SW
    Researcher and Chief, Division of Chemical Analysis, Header, Department of Research and Development, Division of Chemical Analysis The National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Seoul,


    Stock #: JFS13951J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13951J

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    Title Two Fatal Cases of Dichloromethane or Chloroform Poisoning
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    Committee E30