Volume 43, Issue 6 (November 1998)

    A Fatal Case of Benzene Poisoning

    (Received 12 December 1997; accepted 6 March 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Chronic effects following repeated exposure to low doses of benzene have been well assessed, whereas few data are available about acute exposure to benzene. We report a case of fatal acute intoxication which occurred aboard a chemical cargo ship.

    Autopsy findings included blood clots inside the heart and main vessels, multi-organ congestion, pulmonary edema and the presence of many vibices in the hypostatic areas.

    Toxicological analysis of blood and urine showed a benzene concentration of 31.67 and 2.26 μg/mL, respectively; high concentrations of benzene (μg/g) were also found in the lungs (22.23), liver (378.60), brain (178.66), heart (182.57) and kidneys (75.15). The above data provide evidence for benzene distribution in various organs.


    Author Information:

    Bulla, G
    Medical doctors and associate professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Catania, Catania,

    Romano, G
    Medical doctors and associate professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Catania, Catania,

    Barbera, N
    Medical doctors and associate professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Catania, Catania,


    Stock #: JFS14396J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14396J

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