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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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RAMIREZ ARMANDO, Silva; CAMPOS CHACON, Natalia  and  MURILLO CALDERON, Adriana. Suicide with plastic bag and helium gas: two case report. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.27-32. ISSN 2215-5287.

The confinement as well as the burial are part of the suffocations due to lack of breathable air.

Its main etiology is accidental, as it happens with miners or the children who play with plastic bags or get trapped inside unventilated places.

At present, the increase in the world has been seen especially in developed countries of the use of a plastic bag in conjunction with some noble gas (mainly helium) as a suicidal method or as a final process of euthanasia.

Keywords : Suicide; helium; suffocation; euthanasia..

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