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A fatal case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning in a geothermal power plant.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9670519     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An adult man entered an oil separator room to remove waste oil from a vacuum pump in a geothermal power plant. He suddenly collapsed and died soon after. Since hydrogen sulfide gas was detected in the atmosphere at the scene of the accident, poisoning by this gas was suspected and toxicological analysis of sulfide and thiosulfate in blood, brain, lung, femoral muscle was made using the extractive alkylation technique combined with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The concentrations of sulfide in these tissues were similar to those previously reported for fatal cases of hydrogen sulfide gas. The concentration of thiosulfate in the blood was at least 48 times higher than the level in control samples. Based on these results, the cause of death was attributed to hydrogen sulfide gas poisoning.
S Kage; S Ito; T Kishida; K Kudo; N Ikeda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1998 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-08-06     Completed Date:  1998-08-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  908-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Forensic Science Laboratory, Fukuoka Prefectural Police Headquarters, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational*
Air Pollutants, Occupational
Fatal Outcome
Forensic Medicine
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Hydrogen Sulfide / metabolism,  poisoning*
Middle Aged
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*,  legislation & jurisprudence
Power Plants*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants, Occupational; 7783-06-4/Hydrogen Sulfide

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