Deaths related to chemical burns

Joseph J. Pavelites, Walter L. Kemp, Jeffrey J. Barnard, Joseph A. Prahlow

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Abstract

The authors present a series of 6 deaths due to the uncommon cause of chemical burns. Of the 6 deaths due to chemical burns, 4 deaths were due to ingestion of a chemical, 1 death was caused by chemical burns of the skin, and 1 death resulted from rectal insufflation of a chemical. Seven additional cases where chemical burns may have been a contributing factor to the death or an incidental finding are also presented. Four cases are related to an incident involving chemical exposure during an industrial explosion. Three cases involve motor fuel burns of the skin. Two cases concern a plane crash incident, and 1 case involved a vehicular collision. Cases are derived from the records of the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office and those of the authors' consultation practices. Each of the cases is presented, followed by a discussion of the various mechanisms of chemical injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • bleach
  • burns
  • chemical
  • chemical burns
  • death
  • forensic
  • gasoline
  • insufflation
  • lye
  • mercuric chloride
  • phosphoric acid
  • sodium hydroxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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