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Suicidal asphyxiation by using pure helium gas: case report, review, and discussion of the influence of the internet.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14634476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Suffocation by inhaled gases has been reported involving a variety of gases. We report a case of suicidal asphyxiation by forced replacement of oxygen with helium by using a complex homemade mask. In this case, a young woman researched suicide on the Internet and found an advocated method of suicide using helium. To our knowledge, there is only 1 previously reported case of suicidal asphyxia by using helium.
Authors:
Kenneth E Gallagher; David M Smith; Paul F Mellen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-24     Completed Date:  2004-05-04     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  361-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Pathology, Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana 47303, USA. kengallagher@juno.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Asphyxia / pathology*
Female
Helium / poisoning*
Humans
Internet*
Masks
Methods
Suicide*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
7440-59-7/Helium

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