What are the histologic features of hepatotoxicity associated with acetaminophen poisoning?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Susan E Farrell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Patients who develop phase 4 hepatotoxicity have hepatic histologic changes. These changes can range from cytolysis to centrilobular necrosis. Centrilobular hepatic tissue injury is due to the increased concentration of CYP2E1 enzymes in this cellular area and a subsequently high local concentration of NAPQI in this zone of the liver. Improvement and recovery of these histologic changes takes longer than clinical recovery (about 3 mo).


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