A Case of Suicide by Ingestion of Sodium Nitroprusside

    Volume 46, Issue 6 (November 2001)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Cacaci, C
    medical examiner, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Macerata, Macerata,

    Cingolani, M
    Chief toxicologist, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Ancona, Ospedale Regionale, Ancona,

    Froldi, R
    Full professor of Forensic Toxicology, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Macerata, Macerata,

    (Received 29 August 2000; accepted 25 January 2001)

    Abstract

    The study reports a case of suicide by ingestion of sodium nitroprusside which resulted in acute cyanide poisoning. Analyses carried out on body fluid yielded the quantitation of total (5.00 mg/L) and free (3.30 mg/L) cyanide in blood and of methemoglobin (blood = 10.5%). At the scene, some solid reddish-brown material was found in a glass, which on toxicological analysis was found to contain sodium nitroprusside; about 9 g of the same substance was identified in stomach contents. The detection and quantification of cyanide and methemoglobin in biological samples from the case indicated that the lethal effect was due to both metabolic products (cyanide and methemoglobin).


    Paper ID: JFS15180J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15180J

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