[2 autoerotic accidents: fatal nitrous oxide anesthesia and thoracic compression]

Arch Kriminol. 1997 Sep-Oct;200(3-4):65-72.
[Article in German]


Report on 2 fatal autoerotic cases. In the first case a 20-year-old man died due to the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which he had used in a self-constructed breathing-machine. The nitrous oxide came from a cartridge which normally is used for aerosol cans for whipped cream. In the second case a 19-year-old man used a pressure-suit for military-jet pilots and inflated it with a 12-volt-compressor. Additionally the head was covered with 3 masks and a motorcycle helmet. Arms and legs were bound. The cause of death was a massive compression of the thorax.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Adult
  • Anesthetics, Inhalation / poisoning*
  • Cause of Death
  • Gravity Suits*
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / pathology*
  • Male
  • Masturbation*
  • Nitrous Oxide / poisoning*


  • Anesthetics, Inhalation
  • Nitrous Oxide