Intentional self harm by formalin ingestion

Kumar, Pradeep G and Shetty, Pavanchand and Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Nayak, Vinod C and Kumar, Ashwini (2015) Intentional self harm by formalin ingestion. Journal of Karnataka Medico-Legal Society, 24 (1). pp. 39-41. ISSN 0972-0839

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Abstract

Formalin is a protoplasmic poison and causes coagulation necrosis, protein precipitation, and tissue fixation. Formaldehyde has wide commercial and medical applications. Its used in its many forms in the health care industry as a tissue preservative of specimens and as a embalming fluid for bodies and even as a disinfectant. Suicidal ingestion of formalin is an uncommon occurrence as the general public is unknown to the compound and its availability is a difficult task as compared to insecticides and rodenticides. Here we present such a rare occurrence of formaldehyde ingestion and subsequent death.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formalin; tissue preservative; embalming fluid; suicide.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 11:46
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 11:46
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143121

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