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Intentional hydrocarbon inhalation can be fatal. Death can be secondary to hydrocarbon's cardiopulmonary effects. We present a case of a patient who survived ventricular fibrillation after inhalation of Glade Air Freshener(TM), which contains short chain aliphatic hydrocarbons (butane and isobutane). Unlike our case, myocardial sensitization and hypoxia are more commonly described with aromatic, halogenated or longer chain hydrocarbons.

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