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      Forensic Identification of Air Freshener Components from the Toxicological Samples by GC-MS : A Case Report

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      Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine
      Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

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          Indoor air fresheners are commonly used to deodorize rooms and cars. A case of air freshener intoxication by oral ingestion was forwarded to the forensic laboratory to determine the components and cause of death. The presumptive tests were conducted for organo-phosphorus and organo-chloro compounds, formaldehyde, carbolic acid, drugs and aromatic compounds. Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS) was used as a confirmatory test for all these compounds. Presence of toxic substances like dichlorvos (2,2 di-chlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate), phenol, formaldehyde, naphthalene was confirmed in the air freshener that led to the person’s death. Laboratory analysis also confirmed the presence of alprazolam in the viscera as per case history. The methodology used can be utilized as a reference for TLC and GC-MS based analysis of such cases

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          Journal
          Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine
          AJFSFM
          Naif Arab University for Security Sciences
          16586794
          16586786
          December 15 2020
          November 03 2020
          : 2
          : 2
          : 177-182
          Article
          10.26735/UEDU6910
          dc4ef935-f5cc-451c-8730-90b67652b227
          © 2020

          This work is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Entomology,Pathology,Forensic science,Criminology,Dentistry,Anthropology
          Entomology, Pathology, Forensic science, Criminology, Dentistry, Anthropology

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