Fatal Poisoning from Nicotiana Glauca Leaves: Identification of Anabasine by Gas-Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

    Volume 45, Issue 3 (May 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 6


    Mizrachi, N
    Forensic Chemists, Analytical Laboratory, Division of Identification & Forensic Science, Israel Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Levy, S
    Forensic Chemists, Analytical Laboratory, Division of Identification & Forensic Science, Israel Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Goren, Z
    Forensic Chemists, Analytical Laboratory, Division of Identification & Forensic Science, Israel Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    (Received 19 March 1999; accepted 29 July 1999)

    Abstract

    Death of a worker occurred after ingestion of unknown amounts of Nicotiana glauca G leaves. The leaves were cooked after having been mistakenly considered to be spices of a type which grow in Thailand. After ingestion, two Thai workers collapsed, one with asystolia. Resuscitation efforts were successful only for one of the victims. A GC/MS method was used for the identification of anabasine as the main constituent in the leaves, food extract, blood, and the urine of the deceased. Lacking a standard, it was necessary to interpret the GC/MS spectrum to identify anabasine and establish its presence.


    Paper ID: JFS14761J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14761J

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    Title Fatal Poisoning from Nicotiana Glauca Leaves: Identification of Anabasine by Gas-Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
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