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Caffeine fatalities--four case reports.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14687776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Four cases of fatal intoxications with caffeine are described. Caffeine is widely available in beverages and in different OTC-products, in many of them in combinations with other drugs like ephedrine. Caffeine is not as harmless as one might believe. An overdose of caffeine alone, intentional or not, might be deadly. It seems to be warranted to include caffeine in the drug-screening of forensic autopsy cases. It is not motivated from a medical point of view to sell pure caffeine over the counter.
Per Holmgren; Lotta Nordén-Pettersson; Johan Ahlner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  139     ISSN:  0379-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-22     Completed Date:  2004-04-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Chemistry, National Board of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital, SE-581 85, Linköping, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Caffeine / blood,  poisoning*
Central Nervous System Stimulants / blood,  poisoning*
Middle Aged
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Stimulants; 58-08-2/Caffeine

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