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A patient admitted following an overdose of paracetamol

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Dr Lucy Norman, Dr Coral Lever
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 5, p.28 (123Doc Education, London, May 2010)


A 19-year-old girl presented to the A&E department at 10.30am after having taken an overdose of 16g paracetamol at 8am that morning. There was no prior history of alcohol excess or recreational drug intake. She denied suicidal intent and was upset that she had taken the overdose, claiming that she would not attempt the overdose again. On examination she was tearful, but no abnormalities could be detected.

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Dr Lucy Norman

Foundation Year 1
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Coral Lever

Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust


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