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Blood Alcohol Estimation from Osmolal Gap

Purpose:

To estimate the blood ethanol level from the observed osmolal gap.

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

F10.0

Description:

In a patient who has severe alcohol intoxication, the osmolal gap can be used to estimate the serum alcohol level. This is based on alcohol serving as an osmotically active substance.

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