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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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RODRIGUEZ LARA, Andrés Gerardo. Suicide with potassium chloride: Case report. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2021, vol.38, n.2, pp.30-37. ISSN 2215-5287.

Suicide is the deliberate use of external violence with the intention of taking one's life, and the use of medications is one way in which this can be consumed, potassium chloride is one of the medications that in high concentrations have lethal effects, Therefore, the objective of this scientific article is to detail the pharmacological characteristics of potassium chloride, and the elements to be considered in the postmortem study of corpses when potassium chloride poisoning is suspected as a suicidal death; with the methodology of study of scientific articles, presentation of a clinical case and discussion of the importance of the analysis of the elements provided and requested during the medical-legal research, also the special and delicate importance of a correct collection of biological samples and drug containers for toxicological and chemical analysis; In this way, it is concluded that potassium chloride is a drug with harmful collateral effects on cardiac electrical function, determining the manner of death is a complex job for the forensic doctor in this type of case, and the results of the expertise complementary to the autopsy are very important for the analysis of this type of case.

Keywords : Suicide with potassium chloride; Suicide; Potassium chloride; Medico-legal autopsy; Manner of death..

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