What is the role of an anion gap value in the workup of acetaminophen toxicity/poisoning?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Susan E Farrell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
  • Print

A high anion gap (see the Anion Gap calculator) may be found in clinically ill patients who present soon after acetaminophen ingestion; the etiology is hypothesized to be an elevated serum lactate concentration. [32] In critically ill patients, an elevated serum lactate is a laboratory predictor of mortality. However, this laboratory result is not predictive of clinical course or outcome if patients are treated with proper medical care.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!