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How is Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Diagnosis first involves the identification of a possible overdose of acetaminophen. Because a person may have either intentionally or unintentionally taken other medications and because symptoms sometimes take a while to manifest, a toxicology screening and test of alcohol levels are often performed. Blood tests given periodically in the first 24 hours after ingestion can determine acetaminophen levels in the blood, while other tests can determine possible reductions in liver function. Once symptoms of Tylenol poisoning set it, they can be used to aid in the diagnosis.

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