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An alleged poisoning with methanol and formaldehyde.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10434379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It was alleged that a defendant added an unspecified amount of undyed formalin solution, containing formaldehyde and methanol, to the victim's bottle of ice and drinking water. The medical report indicated that except for a slight elevation of total creatine kinase, all other chemistry profiles were within normal ranges. The elevation of creatine kinase suggested muscle injury and inflammation; however, the significance of this elevation was not clear. Toxicological evaluations were made by conducting risk assessments. Based upon the medical report and risk assessments, the following conclusions were made: The calculated exposure doses of methanol and formaldehyde were too low to cause appreciable adverse effects; however, formaldehyde may have irritated the gastrointestinal tract causing smooth muscle and mucosal inflammation. The doses of methanol and formaldehyde were too low to cause death. The exposure scenario (a single oral exposure to formaldehyde) would not likely increase the cancer risk in the victim. The risk assessments provided resulted in a reduction in charge from attempted murder to felony.
K S Sidhu; J S Sidhu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary and human toxicology     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0145-6296     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-09-30     Completed Date:  1999-09-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704194     Medline TA:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Environmental Epidemiology Division, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing 48909, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disinfectants / poisoning*
Formaldehyde / poisoning*
Kidney, Artificial
Methanol / poisoning*
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
Solvents / poisoning*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Disinfectants; 0/Solvents; 50-00-0/Formaldehyde; 67-56-1/Methanol

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