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Criteria for Paracetamol-Induced Fulminant Hepatic Failure

Purpose:

To monitor a patient with paracetamol poisoning using serial morning prothrombin times as reported by Harrison et al.

Specialty:

Gastroenterology

Objective:

laboratory tests, criteria for diagnosis, severity, prognosis, stage, selection

ICD-10:

T39.1, K72.0

Description:

Harrison et al used serial monitoring to identify patients with paracetamol (acetaminophen) intoxication who developed fulminant hepatic failure. This can help identify those patients who may benefit from more aggressive management and who may require liver transplantation. The authors are from King's College in London.

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