salicylate poisoning


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Related to salicylate poisoning: acetaminophen poisoning, Salicylate sensitivity

salicylate poisoning

a toxic condition caused by the ingestion of salicylate, most often in aspirin or oil of wintergreen. Intoxication is characterized by rapid breathing, vomiting, headache, irritability, ketosis, hypoglycemia, and, in severe cases, seizures and respiratory failure.

salicylate poisoning

Poisoning caused by aspirin or one of its derivatives. It causes a metabolic acidosis and respiratory alkalosis in adults. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), nausea, vomiting, and diaphoresis are other common symptoms. Severe intoxications produce hyperthermia, mental status changes, and pulmonary edema.

Patient care

Patients who have overdosed on aspirin are treated with bicarbonate to increase the systemic pH and enhance excretion of salicylates in the urine. Hemodialysis is used to remove salicylates from the blood in life-threatening intoxications.

See: aspirin poisoning
See also: poisoning
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