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Case Rep Emerg Med. 2012;2012:162387. doi: 10.1155/2012/162387. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

Undifferentiated altered mental status: a late presentation of toxic acetaminophen ingestion.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale University, 464 Congress Avenue, Steuite 260, New Haven, CT 06519-1315, USA.

Abstract

Altered mental status is a common undifferentiated presentation in the emergency department. We describe a case of acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure that was diagnosed and treated prior to obtaining definitive historical or laboratory information about the etiology. The physical exam finding of scleral icterus in this case was a key element to rapid identification and treatment of this life-threatening condition. A discussion of appropriate N-acetylcysteine treatment for acute liver failure and acetaminophen intoxication is included.

PMID:
23326702
PMCID:
PMC3542922
DOI:
10.1155/2012/162387
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