Journal Article

Attempted Suicide by Ingestion of Methoxychlor

Thomas S. Thompson and Sarel J. Vorster

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 24, issue 5, pages 377-380
Published in print July 2000 | ISSN: 0146-4760
Published online July 2000 | e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jat/24.5.377
Attempted Suicide by Ingestion of Methoxychlor

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A rare case involving an attempt to commit suicide by ingestion of a commercially available product containing methoxychlor as the active ingredient is presented. Clinical symptoms exhibited by the patient included no response to stimuli, pale skin, and profuse sweating. A serum sample collected at the time of admission to the hospital was found to contain 0.67 µg/mL of methoxychlor. The determination of methoxychlor was performed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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