|SOFT - TIAFT 1998||Poster Session 3||Thursday October 8, 1998|
TISSUE DISTRIBUTION OF PETROL IN A FORENSIC CASE|
Vera A. Coopman, Jan A. Cordonnier, Wim I. Goeteyn and Dirk K.Van Varenbergh*
Laboratory of Analytical Toxicology, Chemiphar NV, Lieven Bauwensstraat 4, Bruges, Belgium
|A woman killed herself by ingestion of a large amount of petrol (gasoline) in combin-ation with ethanol, trazodone and barbiturates. At autopsy 180 ml of petrol was present in the stomach. Petrol was identified with headspace GC/MS. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene, o-ethyltoluene, m-ethyltoluene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, constituents of petrol, were identified in the postmortem samples by headspace GC/MS and quantitatively determined using gas chromatography and flame ionization detection (GC/FID). Blood, liver, kidney, brain tissue, eye fluid, bile and stomach content were collected at autopsy.
Results In the eye fluid no constituents of petrol were found. In the other postmortem samples p-xylene, o-ethyltoluene, m-ethyltoluene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene were identified. Benzene and toluene were only detected in the blood and brain tissue.