Nitrogen-Plastic Bag Suicide: A Case Report

Maria S Madentzoglou, Anastasia E Kastanaki, Despoina Nathena, Elena F Kranioti, Manolis Michalodimitrakis

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The use of pure nitrogen gas to commit suicide has recently become more popular, although suicides involving nitrogen oxide fumes have been occasionally reported in the past. The cause of death in such cases is attributed to asphyxia due to forced depletion of oxygen, a subcategory of a phenomenon dubbed environmental hypoxia. A case of a 26-year-old man who committed suicide by inhaling nitrogen through a plastic bag is reported. The exact method of suicide used here is one of the many described in detail on the Web.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe American journal of forensic medicine and pathology
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2013


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