Propane-associated autoerotic asphyxiation: accident or suicide?

Coll Antropol. 2007 Jun;31(2):625-7.


Autoerotic fatalities refer to a death resulting from the participation in a sex-related activity designed to heighten sexual arousal. The overwhelming majority of these deaths are due to asphyxia, most often by hanging or ligature compression of the neck. Here we report a case of "atypical" autoerotic fatality in which death was not induced by ligature compression. Unusual death of a 24-year-old man, involving propane inhalation and plastic bag suffocation, is described. The special characteristics of propane gas as an asphyxiant agent are discussed, as well as its effect on the human body.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents*
  • Adult
  • Asphyxia / diagnosis*
  • Cause of Death
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders*
  • Propane / poisoning*
  • Suicide*


  • Propane