Drug identification problems in two suicides with neuromuscular blocking agents

G. Somogyi, M. Varga, Laszlo Prokai, Z. Dinya, L. Buris

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Cases of suicide committed with neuromuscular blocking agents have been investigated. Both cases involved anesthesiologists who took the muscle relaxants suxamethonium chloride (Sukolinr) or pipecuronium bromide (Arduanr) and a rapid-acting barbiturate, 5-sec-butyl-5-ethyl-2-thiobarbituric acid (Inactinr). The examinations were performed by using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The quantitative data obtained showed that doses useful in general anesthesiological practice were applied. Metabolites were found despite their fast metabolizing character.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989


  • Detection of muscle relaxants
  • Suicides committed with muscle relaxants


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