Which imaging studies are performed in the workup of caffeine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 21, 2018
  • Author: David Yew, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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In hemodynamically stable patients with only mild symptoms, no diagnostic imaging is required. The following studies may be considered in particular circumstances:

  • Chest radiograph – In patients with chest pain, fever, altered mental status, or respiratory complaints

  • Unenhanced computed tomography (CT) of the head – In patients with seizures or altered mental status despite initial resuscitation

Patients with chest pain, palpitations, tachycardia, or an irregular heart rhythm should be evaluated with electrocardiography (ECG) and telemetry monitoring.

See Workup for more detail.


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