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ABSTRACT: Although rare, suicide using caustic substances in psychiatric practice is not infrequent. Such circumstances involve important forensic and psychiatric issues. In this case report, death due to sulfuric acid ingestion in a patient with major depressive disorder is reported. The legal issues concerning suicide in a patient with mental illness, autopsy findings, forensic issues, and pathophysiology concerning death by acid ingestion have been discussed.
The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology: official publication of the National Association of Medical Examiners 02/2012; 33(2):156-8. DOI:10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182474ec8 · 0.62 Impact Factor