Ventricular fibrillation following inhalation of Glade Air Freshener

Eur J Emerg Med. 2001 Jun;8(2):153-4. doi: 10.1097/00063110-200106000-00014.


Intentional hydrocarbon inhalation can be fatal. Death can be secondary to hydrocarbon's cardiopulmonary effects. We present a case of a patient who survived ventricular fibrillation after inhalation of Glade Air Freshener, which contains short chain aliphatic hydrocarbons (butane and isobutane). Unlike our case, myocardial sensitization and hypoxia are more commonly described with aromatic, halogenated or longer chain hydrocarbons.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Adolescent
  • Butanes / poisoning*
  • Household Products / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders / chemically induced
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / chemically induced*
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / therapy


  • Butanes