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A case of acute gasoline intoxication at the scene of washing a petrol tank.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14568777     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We encountered a case of acute gasoline intoxication at the scene of washing the inner wall of a petrol tank. The decedent was a 50-year-old male, who was the supervisor. Two young workers wearing mask respirators began to wash the inner wall of the gasoline tank under poor ventilation. About 1 h later, because one of the workers lost consciousness, the supervisor entered the tank, without a mask respirator, to rescue the worker. However, the supervisor immediately fainted, and died 26 h after the accident. In the autopsy, blisters were observed on the skin of the face, neck, anterior chest, upper extremities, and back. The heart contained hemolyzed blood. Histologically, hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, pneumonia, and proximal tubular necrosis were found. In the toxicological analyzes, toluene, xylene, and trimethylbenzene were detected in the blood, brain, and gastric contents. Toluene concentrations in the blood and brain were 0.3 mug/ml and 3.7 mug/g, respectively. Since pathological findings were consistent with the reported findings concerning gasoline intoxication, and constituents of gasoline were in the body, death was attributed to acute gasoline intoxication. It was considered that sufficient ventilation and proper use of a mask respirator were essential for this kind of work.
Masataka Takamiya; Hisae Niitsu; Kiyoshi Saigusa; Jun Kanetake; Yasuhiro Aoki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Legal medicine (Tokyo, Japan)     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1344-6223     ISO Abbreviation:  Leg Med (Tokyo)     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-21     Completed Date:  2004-05-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100889186     Medline TA:  Leg Med (Tokyo)     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Legal Medicine, Iwate Medical University School of Medicine, 19-1 Uchimaru, Morioka 020-8505, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational
Acute Disease
Administration, Inhalation
Fatal Outcome
Gasoline / poisoning*
Middle Aged
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