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Distribution of ether in two postmortem cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17132265     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diethyl ether (ether) is a volatile liquid that was used in the 1800s as an anesthetic agent; however, it is no longer used for this purpose, partly because of its odor and flammability. Two postmortem cases in which ether was detected are presented. The first case was an 18-year-old male found hanging from a basement ceiling brace in a semi-sitting position with a gas mask covering his face. A container of Prestone starting fluid and a bong were found on the floor close to the body. The second case was a 20-year-old male found unresponsive in his dormitory room with two black plastic trash bags secured over his head. Two saturated rags and a resealable bag containing a clear liquid were contained within these trash bags. An almost empty can of Tradco starting fluid was also found at the scene. Ether concentrations were determined by headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in the selective ion monitoring mode. In case #1, the medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging; the manner of death was undetermined. In case #2, the medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was asphyxia and the manner of death was suicide.
Dawn Cox; Rebecca DeRienz; Rebecca A Jufer Phipps; Barry Levine; Aaron Jacobs; David Fowler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of analytical toxicology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0146-4760     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anal Toxicol     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-29     Completed Date:  2006-12-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705085     Medline TA:  J Anal Toxicol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  635-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Forensic Toxicology, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, 1413 Research Blvd., Bldg. 102, Rockville, Maryland 20850, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / pathology
Ether, Ethyl / analysis,  pharmacokinetics*,  poisoning*
Forensic Toxicology / methods*
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Poisoning / diagnosis*,  metabolism
Substance Abuse Detection / methods
Reg. No./Substance:
60-29-7/Ether, Ethyl

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