The tissue distribution of lidocaine in acute death due to overdosing

Leg Med (Tokyo). 2000 Aug;2(2):101-5. doi: 10.1016/s1344-6223(00)80032-2.


A 78-year-old woman committed double suicide with a bolus injection of 1 g of lidocaine hydrochloride. The tissue distribution of lidocaine in this fatal poisoning was investigated using an improved gas chromatographic method. The blood level was 42 microg/ml and the brain concentration was 70 miccro/g. Thus, the cause of death in this case was clearly diagnosed as lidocaine overdosing. The blood level of 42 microg/ml was higher than that calculated using the standard pharmacokinetic parameters. Lower blood/tissue ratios were also detected compared with the data described in the literature. These results indicated that the cardiac failure should have occurred immediately after the lidocaine injection. The present data show the distribution of lidocaine after acute death due to overdosing.