Clinical evaluation of the poisoned patient and toxic syndromes

Horace K. Liang

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Poisonings and toxic exposures are prominent causes of morbidity and mortality in patients that present to the emergency department. The American Association of Poison Control Centers, in its 1994 annual report, cites a 10% increase in the number of reported cases of poison exposure. The clinical evaluation and management of such patients remain challenging. Few specific antidotes are available for the many potential poisonings that occur annually. Rapid stabilization, resuscitation, and recognition of major toxic syndromes, along with appropriate utilization of laboratory testing, guide the clinician in the treatment of such patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1350-1355
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Chemistry
Issue number8 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 1996



  • management
  • overdose
  • toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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Liang, H. K. (1996). Clinical evaluation of the poisoned patient and toxic syndromes. Clinical Chemistry, 42(8 SPEC. ISS.), 1350-1355.