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Common complications of poisoning 

Common complications of poisoning
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Common complications of poisoning
Author(s):

D Nicholas Bateman

, Robert D Jefferson

, Simon HL Thomas

, John P Thompson

, and J Allister Vale

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199594740.003.0003
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date: 23 October 2019

Complications of poisoning are relevant to clinical toxicologists for two reasons. Firstly, organ toxicity affecting major organs such as the heart, respiratory tract, kidneys, and liver present problems in assessment and management on a regular basis in poisoned patients. Secondly, complications of poisoning may assist the clinician as poisons may produce specific syndromes based on their pharmacological properties. This chapter deals with common organ toxicities and acid-base and electrolyte disturbance, their causes, and principles of management. Syndromes caused by poisons are then detailed, and principles of diagnosis and management are discussed.

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