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Death due to adult respiratory distress syndrome following assault with 'rubber acid'; could it have been averted?

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MG Dinesh Fernando ,

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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CI Kaluarachchi

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Adult respiratory distress syndrome and chemical pneumonitis are well documented effects of exposure to chemical fumes. Many organic and non-organic agents cause chemical pneumonitis. The course of the disease depends on the nature of the chemical agent, intensity and duration of the exposure and the interval between exposure and start of treatment. Also the site of damage tends to vary with the gas involved; gases with higher water solubility being effectively scavenged by the upper respiratory mucosa, while insoluble toxic gases have their effects on the lower respiratory mucosa.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4947

Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law-May 2012-Vol.3 No.1 pp.13-15

Keywords: rubber acid 
How to Cite: Fernando, M.D. & Kaluarachchi, C., (2012). Death due to adult respiratory distress syndrome following assault with 'rubber acid'; could it have been averted?. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law. 3(1), pp.13–15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4947
Published on 27 Nov 2012.
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