An Unusual Form of Fatal Ethanol Intoxication

    Volume 50, Issue 3 (May 2005)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 4 June 2005

    Page Count: 3


    Wilson, CI
    District Six Medical Examiner Office, Largo, FL

    Wilson, GA
    The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

    Ignacio, SS
    District Six Medical Examiner Office, Largo, FL

    (Received 14 August 2004; accepted 30 October 2004)

    Abstract

    Forensic pathologists are very familiar with deaths due to ethanol intoxication. The overwhelming majority of these deaths are a result of the oral ingestion of ethanol. We report an unusual case of an individual who expired in his secured residence after self administration of a wine enema. Toxicology showed an ethanol concentration of 0.40 g/dL in the blood and 0.41 g/dL in the vitreous fluid. Scene investigation was of paramount importance in determining the unusual method by which the decedent absorbed the alcoholic beverage.


    Paper ID: JFS2004325

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004325

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    Title An Unusual Form of Fatal Ethanol Intoxication
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