Which clinical history findings are characteristic of ethanol alcohol toxicity?

Updated: Jan 05, 2021
  • Author: Michael D Levine, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The history itself can often point to a diagnosis of ethanol intoxication. An associated history of chronic alcoholism alters metabolism, associated comorbidities, and the expected course of recovery. A detailed discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this article (see Ethanol Toxicity).

Attempting to elicit what has changed recently may reveal the immediate reason for presentation. A history of coingestants may also alter the patient's course.


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