Cyanide poisoning may result from:1

  • Inhalation: gas Inhalation:
  • Ingestion: liquid and solid Ingestion:
    liquid and solid
  • Dermal exposure: liquid Dermal exposure:

Example of situations with cyanide poisoning

  • Fire smoke
  • CBRN* attack
  • Industrial accident

CBRN* risk

Cyanide has been used as a Chemical Warfare Agent (CWAs), and it could potentially be an agent for a terrorist attack in case for example of mass casualties incidents.2

In addition to causing death and physical injury, the use of CWAs may result in widespread fear, panic, and psychological trauma.3

CBRN* risk
CBRN* risk
*CBRN: Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear


1 - Reade M. et al; Review article: management of cyanide poisoning 2 - Ogbuagu O. et al; IJBSBT 2019; (11): 157-164 3 - Brenan, Annals of emergency medicine 34:2 August 1999