What is the role of acetaminophen studies in the evaluation of acute liver failure (ALF)?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Gagan K Sood, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Acetaminophen studies

In patients with liver failure from acetaminophen toxicity, the acetaminophen level may have decreased by the time a patient presents with fulminant hepatic failure. Nevertheless, this assay may be helpful for documentation purposes.

Acetaminophen-protein adducts are specific biomarkers of acetaminophen-related toxicity. These can be measured in blood. Measurement of acetaminophen-protein adducts is particularly useful for diagnosis in cases lacking historical data or other clinical information. [18]  Serum acetaminophen-protein adducts decrease in parallel to aminotransferases and can be detected up to 7 days.


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