Journal Published Online: 04 June 2005
Volume 50, Issue 3

An Unusual Form of Fatal Ethanol Intoxication



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.

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Wilson, CI
District Six Medical Examiner Office, Largo, FL
Ignacio, SS
District Six Medical Examiner Office, Largo, FL
Wilson, GA
The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
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Stock #: JFS2004325
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004325