Accidental death by nitrous oxide inhalation

Forensic Sci Int. 1995 May 22;73(2):139-41. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(95)01729-3.


Nitrous oxide is a popular inhalation anesthetic-analgesic agent. Its euphoric action and its availability have led to its abuse. We report a case of fatal accidental asphyxia due to nitrous oxide abuse. The deceased was a hospital worker who had access to the hospital supply of nitrous oxide. His death was due to hypoxemia and asphyxiation, secondary to nitrous oxide inhalation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asphyxia / etiology*
  • Asphyxia / pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nitrous Oxide / adverse effects*
  • Nitrous Oxide / analysis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / pathology


  • Nitrous Oxide