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Is the cause toxicological?

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The diagnosis of poisoning is often obvious (e.g. in a patient presenting with drug overdose), but can sometimes be more challenging. This article describes some clinical presentations where poisoning should be considered in the differential diagnosis. These are unexplained coma or confusion, hypoglycaemia, abnormal liver function, unexplained convulsions, metabolic acidosis and abnormal bleeding. Poisoning should also be considered 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: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medicine

Year: 2016

Volume: 44

Issue: 2

Pages: 80-81

Online publication date: 06/02/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1357-3039

ISSN (electronic): 1365-4357

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2015.11.008


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