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Is the cause toxicological?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simon Thomas


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Although the diagnosis of poisoning is usually evident (e.g. in a patient presenting with drug overdose), it may 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. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Thomas SHL

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medicine

Year: 2007

Volume: 35

Issue: 10

Pages: 540-541

Print publication date: 01/10/2007

ISSN (print): 1357-3039

ISSN (electronic): 1365-4357


DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2007.07.014


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