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Sudden unexpected child death associated with ingestion of fluid dish detergent



Sudden unexpected child death associated with ingestion of fluid dish detergent



Zeitschrift fuer Rechtsmedizin 89(1): 51-56



A case of sudden unexpected death of a 13-mo.-old chld was reported. The immediate cause of death was aspiration of stomach contents. The autopsy and microscopic examinations revealed cerebral edema, organ congestion and an increased number of neutrophils in germinal centers of mesenterial lymph nodes and spleen. The finding of ethanol and methanol (5.2 and 0.1.permill.) and of significant amounts of a surface-active agent (linear alkyl benzenesulfonate) in the stomach contents indicated consumption of a fluid dish detergent prior to death. The blood ethanol concentration was < 0.1.permill. and urine ethanol and methanol concentrations were 0.28 and 0.04.permill. The possibility that ethanol-containing detergents may trigger hypoglycemic attacks was discussed.

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DOI: 10.1007/bf00205000


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