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Is the cause toxicological?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simon Thomas

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Abstract

The diagnosis of poisoning is usually evident (e.g. in a patient presenting with drug overdose), but can occasionally be obscure. This article describes some clinical presentations where poisoning should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Examples are unexplained coma or confusion, hypoglycaemia, abnormal liver function, unexplained convulsions or acidosis or abnormal bleeding. Poisoning should also be suspected if several people present with similar symptoms or in children who have chronic, recurrent or unexplained symptoms.


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Author(s): Thomas SHL

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medicine

Year: 2012

Volume: 40

Issue: 2

Pages: 46-47

Print publication date: 01/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0304-5412

ISSN (electronic): 1578-8822

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2011.11.004

DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2011.11.004


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