December 8, 2012

Cause: Acetaminophen Toxicity

1 Bariatric Surgery Linked to Liver Damage

Persons who have had certain types of bariatric weight-loss surgery, which involves the closing and bypassing of part of the stomach and intestines, are cautioned that they are much more susceptible to acetaminophen poisoning and possible resultant liver failure. A study by the California Pacific Medical Center found that while fewer than one percent of the overall population have had bariatric surgery, 17 percent of patients who suffered liver failure due to acetaminophen toxicity had gone through the procedure earlier. Whether this heightened vulnerability reflects a surgery-linked oversensitivity to acetaminophen or a liver weakened by chronic obesity is not known. Acetaminophen is sold in the US as Tylenol but is also in NyQuil, Sudafed, and over 200 other medications.

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Tags: Bariatric Surgery Problems, Bariatric Surgery Effects, Bariatric Surgery Side-Effects, Bariatric Surgery and Liver Failure, Acetaminophen Poisoning, Acetaminophen and Liver Damage

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