Which physical findings are characteristic of isopropanol alcohol toxicity?

Updated: Jan 05, 2021
  • Author: Michael D Levine, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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As previously stated, the patient who consumes isopropanol may appear inebriated, as with ethanol. Isopropanol concentrations of 50-100 mg/dL typically result in intoxication, which can progress to include symptoms such as dysarthria and ataxia, while lethargy or coma can be seen with levels exceeding 150 mg/dL. Cardiovascular depression can occur with levels exceeding 450 mg/dL.

The presence of acetone may induce a fruity odor on the patient's breath.


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