Resin Poisoning Workup

Updated: Dec 01, 2015
  • Author: Hagop A Isnar, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Asim Tarabar, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

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  • Laboratory studies have little use in the treatment of any patient with acute plant poisoning; however, the studies may be helpful in attempts to exclude other causes of a patient's presentational signs and symptoms.
  • Evaluate any alteration in mental status with a rapid glucose determination, assessment of oxygenation status, and investigation of other potential causes such as trauma or infection.
  • Other studies, such as electrolyte determination, renal and hepatic function tests, and urinalysis, may be useful in certain situations but rarely alter treatment of exposure to a known toxic plant.
  • Obtaining a serum acetaminophen concentration is recommended for any suicidal ingestion. In absence of significant signs or symptoms, a urine drug screen rarely is useful clinically.
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Other Tests

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  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) and rapid potassium determination are indicated when bradycardia and/or hypotension are present.
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