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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

On-line version ISSN 2215-5287Print version ISSN 1409-0015


RODRIGUEZ LARA, Andrés Gerardo  and  SOLANO GONZALEZ, Emily. Suicide with propofol: Case report. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2021, vol.38, n.1, pp.54-61. ISSN 2215-5287.

Suicide with medications is a type of death that is considered violent from a medical legal point of view due to the circumstances in which it occurs, the use of propofol is one of the medications that has been documented in these forms of death, so the objective of this scientific article is to detail the pharmacological characteristics of propofol and the elements to consider during the postmortem study of corpses when propofol poisoning is suspected with a suicidal manner of death; This through the study of scientific articles and exposition of a clinical case and discussing the importance of the analysis of each of the elements contributed and requested during the legal medical investigation, as well as the special and delicate importance of a correct collection of biological samples for the toxicological study; In this way, it is concluded that propofol is a highly harmful drug when used improperly, the determination of the way of death is a complex task for the forensic doctor in this type of cases, and the adequate obtaining and preservation of samples postmortens are of high importance for their analysis and research.

Keywords : Suicide with propofol; Suicide; Propofol; Legal medical autopsy; Manner of death..

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