An unusual suicide: asphyxia by methane gas

Riccardo Rossi, Fabio De Giorgio, Vincenzo Lorenzo Pascali, Vincenzo Maria Grassi, Massimo Lancia

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Abstract

Asphyxia by suffocating gases, i.e. methane or carbon dioxide, is characterized by the displacement of oxygen from inspired air. Thus, the cells are unable to receive oxygen and, as a consequence, are affected by acute hypoxemic hypoxia. The brain suffers because of the hypoxemic state, the subject become unconscious and then respiration arrest occurs, followed by cardiac arrest. This is the physio pathological mechanism leading to death. We report a case of a 35-year-old man found dead at home with his mouth containing a tube linked to the domestic methane gas system originating from the wall, sealed with packing tape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
JournalTHE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • asphyxia
  • methane gas

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