Acta Medica Iranica 2017. 55(5):348-351.

Suicide by Fire Extinguisher Powder Ingestion: A Case Report
Hamid Mohammadi Kojidi, Morteza Rahbar Taramsari, Alireza Badsar, Mirsaeed Attarchi

Abstract


A 51-year-old man committed suicide by swallowing the contents of a fire extinguisher. A few hours after his suicide attempt, he was referred to the medical center for poisoning. At the time of admission, the patient was conscious with stable vital signs. The patient complained of burning lips and mouth, mentioning diarrhea. Initial treatments included gastric lavage with activated charcoal, while paraclinical measures were requested. The patient had undergone hypernatremia (Na: 152 mEq/l) and metabolic alkalosis. Treatment focused on the adjustment of sodium level and alkalosis. On the first day of hospitalization, the patient experienced recurrent episodes of tonic-clonic seizure along with the loss of consciousness. On the third day of hospitalization, the patient developed respiratory arrest followed by cardiac arrest and death.


Keywords


Suicide; Fire extinguishing; Hypernatremia

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