Turpentine poisoning: a case report

Forensic Sci Int. 1994 Mar;65(1):47-9. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(94)90298-4.


The use of turpentine oil for suicidal and homicidal purposes has become quite infrequent with the increased availability of pesticides and toxic substances. Available literature exhibits few case reports of turpentine poisoning. Such a case is reported here which presented as status epilepticus, unresponsive to the usual line of treatment. Detailed clinical examination and inquiry into the case history revealed turpentine poisoning.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Poisoning / therapy
  • Turpentine / poisoning*


  • Turpentine