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Poisoning and Toxicity

What is acetaminophen poisoning?

Acetaminophen poisoning occurs due to an overdose of a commonly used painkiller drug acetaminophen (paracetamol). Poisoning with this drug is one of the most common causes of sudden onset liver failure.  In most cases of acetaminophen toxicity does not lead to any symptom within the first 24 hours but if present the symptoms include vague abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting followed by symptoms of acute liver failure.


Definition

Wilson’s disease is a hereditary disorder where there is deposition of copper in a number of vital organs of the body like the liver, brain and eyes.  It is an uncommon inherited disorder. There are number of symptoms that arises with calcium deposition depending upon the organ involvement. Common symptoms include clumsiness, tiredness, convulsion, impaired kidney function, heart failure and infertility.