June 4, 2012 Acetaminophen overdoses most common cause of liver failure in children

Acetaminophen overdoses most common cause of liver failure in children

June 4, 2012

CBC News

Acetaminophen painkiller overdoses can cause life-threatening liver failure in children but the problem is avoidable, Canadian doctors say.

"Acetaminophen overdose is a major cause of acute liver failure and is the most common identifiable cause of acute liver failure in children," Dr. Rod Lim of the Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and his co-authors wrote in Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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For more information on liver disease caused by drugs and other chemicals (hepatoxicity), click here. For medication safety tips, click here.

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