Suicide by nitrous oxide poisoning

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1989 Dec;10(4):330-1. doi: 10.1097/00000433-198912000-00010.


Fatal nitrous oxide poisoning usually occurs accidentally during the administration of general anesthesia. It seldom occurs during autoerotic behavior or in acute drug abuse. We report an unusual case of a health professional who committed suicide by inhaling nitrous oxide.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Liver / pathology
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Nitrous Oxide / poisoning*
  • Suicide*


  • Nitrous Oxide