How is the Rumack-Matthew nomogram used in the workup of acetaminophen toxicity/poisoning?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Susan E Farrell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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The Rumack-Matthew nomogram uses the serum acetaminophen concentration, in relation to the time after ingestion, to assess potential hepatotoxicity after a single, acute ingestion of acetaminophen. It should not be used to evaluate long-term or repeated ingestions. Diagnosing chronic acetaminophen toxicity can be difficult, because the patient's presentation may appear to reflect other nonspecific illnesses. In these situations, consult a poison control center or a medical toxicologist to discuss treatment strategies.


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