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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.See: aspirin poisoning
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 also: poisoning