When is the Rumack-Matthew nomogram contraindicated 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 nomogram cannot be used if the patient presents more than 24 hours after ingestion or has a history of multiple acetaminophen ingestions. Its reliability decreases for ingestions of extended-release acetaminophen formulations or for co-ingestions of acetaminophen with agents that delay gastric emptying and acetaminophen absorption (e.g.anticholinergics or opioids).


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