Falsely Elevated Acetaminophen Levels in the Setting of Hyperbilirubinemia

  • Parth J Parekh Department of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
  • Thomas J Manser Department of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Keywords: Analytical Interference, falsely elevated acetaminophen, hyperbilirubinemia

Abstract

A 51-year-old male with a history of heavy alcohol abuse presented with alcoholic hepatitis and acute renal failure. Although he denied acetaminophen (APAP) ingestion, he was found to have elevated APAP levels that persisted and actually increased despite treatment with N-acetylcysteine. Review of the literature reveals that falsely elevated APAP levels may rarely occur with patients suffering from liver failure and felt to be related to severe hyperbilirubinemia. Interpretation of APAP levels in patients with severe liver disease and hyperbilirubinemia may be difficult and lead to diagnostic and therapeutic confusion.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jaim.v2i2.8782  

Journal of Advances in Internal Medicine 2013;02(02):74-77

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2013-09-29
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Parekh, P., & Manser, T. (2013). Falsely Elevated Acetaminophen Levels in the Setting of Hyperbilirubinemia. Journal of Advances in Internal Medicine, 2(2), 74-77. https://doi.org/10.3126/jaim.v2i2.8782
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