Volume 18
Number 0
Feb 2014
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Case Reports
R. Schepers, P.H.J. van der Voort, E.W. van Werven, D.R.A. Uges, E.J.F. Franssen

We present a case report of a 79-year-old woman who injected herself with pentobarbital. After admission to hospital, laboratory examination revealed a lethal serum concentration of pentobarbital (33 mg/L; toxic serum level > 10mg/L) in the patient. This case of a pentobarbital overdose illustrates that legal issues, such as the authenticity of a written patient statement, have to be considered in decisions on the continuation or discontinuation of curative care.

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