Suicidal asphyxiation with helium: Report of three cases

  title={Suicidal asphyxiation with helium: Report of three cases},
  author={Martin Grassberger and Astrid Krauskopf},
  journal={Wiener klinische Wochenschrift},
ZusammenfassungDas Edelgas Helium wird unter anderem in der Medizin bei obstruktiven Atemwegserkrankungen, als Teil eines Gasgemisches beim Tiefseetauchen und als Ballongas verwendet. In den letzten Jahren wurde die Inhalation von Helium als effektive und schmerzlose Suizidmethode von Befürwortern des selbst bestimmten Sterbens propagiert. Das Edelgas Helium führt durch die Verdrängung von Sauerstoff und Kohlendioxid in der Atemluft schnell zu Bewusstseinsverlust und Asphyxie. Wir berichten… 

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