Fetal death due to nonlethal maternal carbon monoxide poisoning

J. R. Farrow, G. J. Davis, T. M. Roy, L. C. McCloud, G. R. Nichols

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Fetal death due to acute a carbon monoxide poisoning is rarely reported in the medical literature. Of the eight cases found in literature review, only one documented the fetal carboxyhemoglobin concentration. This paper reports a fetal death due to accidental nonlethal maternal carbon monoxide intoxication in which both maternal and fetal carboxyhemoglobin concentrations were obtained. The corrected carboxyhemoglobin concentration was 61% at the time of death in utero, while the maternal carboxyhemoglobin was measured at 7% after one hour of supplemental oxygen. The authors review the mechanisms of fetal death and emphasize the different carbon monoxide kinetics in the fetal circulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448-1452
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990


  • carbon monoxide
  • fetal death
  • toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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