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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 1995;6(2): 446-448.
SERUM CHOLESTEROL LEVEL AND AITEMPTED SUICIDE BY DRUG INGESTION
Tae Wook Kwon, Seung Pil Choi, Joo Il Hwang, Se kyeung Kim
Department of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University College of Medicine
  Published online: December 31, 1995.
ABSTRACT
Objective:
Several studies suggest that a low cholesterol concentration is associated with a greater than normal risk of mortality from suicide. The authors sought to determine whether a low cholesterol level is associated with a history of serious suicide attempts among drug ingested ED patients. Method: Serum cholesterol levels of attempted suicide of 89 patients, aged 20- 72 years, were obtained from the ED admission biochemical profiles.
Results:
The seriousness of suicide attempt was associated with low serum cholesterol concentration in all age subgroups.
Conclusions:
Low cholesterol concentration should be further investigated as a potential biological marker of suicide risk.
Key words: Cholesterol, Suicide
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