How are prothrombin time (PT) and international normalized ratio (INR) studies 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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Prothrombin time (PT) and international normalized ratio (INR) should be measured and followed closely, as indicators of impaired hepatic synthetic function in the setting of hepatic dysfunction and developing liver failure. Abnormalities in these laboratory components are also predictors of mortality. Obtain a blood type and cross-match in the event of coagulopathy and active bleeding, requiring blood product transfusion.


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