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Hydrogen sulfide toxicity: two case reports

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K. R. Munasinghe ,

Office of the Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory, El Paso, TX, US
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M. A. Rascon,

Office of the Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory, El Paso, TX, US
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J. Diaze,

Office of the Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory, El Paso, TX, US
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A. N. Vadysinghe

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

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) toxicity is a known occupational/industrial hazard in organic decaying disposal, sulfur springs, natural gas well and coal pits. We report two deaths due to acute accidental hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Two males 40 and 36 years old were found dead in two different water treatment plants after spilling of sewage. Autopsy revealed greenish discoloration of skin and brain in one individual and pulmonary oedema in both. Toxicology revealed lethal levels of thiosulfate which is a metabolite of H2S.Death investigation concluded that both fatalities were due to toxicity of H2S in an accidental manner. Toxicological investigations are important in cases where occupational hazards are suspected.
How to Cite: Munasinghe, K.R., Rascon, M.A., Diaze, J. and Vadysinghe, A.N., 2018. Hydrogen sulfide toxicity: two case reports. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 9(2), pp.26–30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v9i2.7811
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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