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Suicide of a man with known allergy to fish protein by ingesting tinned fish

Vera Sterzik, Vanessa Drendel, Michael Will & Michael Bohnert

abstract On a day in November, the body of a 31-year-old man was found near a swimming lake with two open and partly emptied fish tins lying next to him. Further investigations showed that the man had been allergic to fish protein and suffered from severe depression and drug psychosis. Already some days before the suicide, he had repeatedly asked for fish to kill himself. Although the results of the chemical and toxicological examinations were negative, the autopsy findings and histological tests suggest that death was caused by an anaphylactic reaction.
   
citation Sterzik V, Drendel V, Will M, Bohnert M. Suicide of a man with known allergy to fish protein by ingesting tinned fish. Forensic Sci Int 2012; 221:e4-6.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 19-06-2012
journal title Forensic Sci Int (221/1-3)
ISSN electronic 1872-6283
pages e4-6
PubMed 22721933
DOI 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.02.002