Suizid durch salicylat-intoxikation

Translated title of the contribution: Suicide with acetylsalicylic acid

Heike Wollersen*, Johanna Preuß, Annette Thierauf, Frank Musshoff, Burkhard Madea

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The authors report on a suicide of a 41-year-old man with acetylsalicylic acid. According to his own statement the man had taken about 200 tablets of Aspirin® (65 g acetylsalicylic acid) and initially showed no symptoms of intoxication. 4-5 hours after ingestion he vomited twice, but clear intoxication symptoms like convulsions and cardiac arrhythmia occurred not earlier than 11 hours after ingestion. Resuscitation by the emergency physician was not successful. The chemical-toxicological analysis (HPLC-DAD) of blood samples taken in the hospital approximately 12 h after ingestion showed salicylate in concentrations of 475 mg/L to 557 mg/L. The post-mortem concentrations of salicylate were within the lethal-toxic range, i.e. 762 mg/L in heart blood and 215 mg/L in femoral blood. All tested organs contained equally lethal salicylate levels (e.g. 503 mg/L in the liver and 251 mg/L in the brain).

Translated title of the contributionSuicide with acetylsalicylic acid
Original languageGerman
JournalArchiv fur Kriminologie
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 03.2007


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