Distribution of orally ingested hydrochloric acid in the thoracoabdominal cavity after death

Kei Yoshitome, Satoru Miyaishi, Takaki Ishikawa, Yuji Yamamoto, Hideo Ishizu

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Abstract

The authors encountered a case of hydrochloric acid (HCl) poisoning, thought to be caused by oral ingestion of concentrated HCl. Coagulation of the surface of the tongue and the mucosa of the pharynx, esophagus, and stomach were observed at forensic autopsy. An overabundance of Cl- was found in the gastric contents, corresponding to 8.19 mL of concentrated HCl. This was suggested to be a lethal oral dose of concentrated HCl, and the cause of death was determined to be HCl poisoning. Measuring the pH and concentrations of various ions in body fluids and contents of the alimentary tract enabled postmortem diffusion of HCl to be determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-280
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Analytical Toxicology
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Chemical Health and Safety

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