A Fatal Case of Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning in a Geothermal Power Plant

    Volume 43, Issue 4 (July 1998)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Kudo, K
    Lecturer and professor, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka,

    Ikeda, N
    Lecturer and professor, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka,

    Ito, S
    Forensic chemist, Forensic Science Laboratory, Oita Prefectural Police Headquarter, Oita,

    Kage, S
    Forensic chemist, Forensic Science Laboratory, Fukuoka Prefectural Police Headquarters, Fukuoka,

    Kishida, T
    Associate professor, Oita Medical University, Oita,

    (Received 11 November 1997; accepted 12 December 1997)

    Abstract

    An adult man entered an oil separator room to remove waste oil from a vacuum pump in a geothermal power plant. He suddenly collapsed and died soon after. Since hydrogen sulfide gas was detected in the atmosphere at the scene of the accident, poisoning by this gas was suspected and toxicological analysis of sulfide and thiosulfate in blood, brain, lung, femoral muscle was made using the extractive alkylation technique combined with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The concentrations of sulfide in these tissues were similar to those previously reported for fatal cases of hydrogen sulfide gas. The concentration of thiosulfate in the blood was at least 48 times higher than the level in control samples. Based on these results, the cause of death was attributed to hydrogen sulfide gas poisoning.


    Paper ID: JFS14329J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14329J

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