Primary Outcome Measures:
- To investigate the relationships of cytokines and toxicity in acetaminophen overdose, blood sampleswere collected from patients following acute ingestions of acetaminophen.
It was recently reported that IL-10 is protective in Acetaminophen (APAP) toxicity and it down-regulates iNOS production. In an ongoing Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (PPRU) Network study, plasma IL-10 levels were higher in patients that developed significant toxicity, as compared to those with minimal hepatic transaminase elevations. In these patients IL-10 elevation is likely a compensatory response to hepatic injury. To further examine the relationship of IL-10 and iNOS in the APAP overdose patients, we will examine genetic variability in the promotor regions of iNOS and IL-10 in patients with APAP overdose. Data from the literature indicate the polymorphisms in the promotor regions of iNOS and IL-10 influence the severity and expression of various diseases. In addition to genotyping for iNOS and IL10 promotor region polymorphisms, plasma levels of nitrotyrosine and IL-10 will be measured in overdose patients.
Blood samples will be obtained from study patients for the analysis of inflammatory cytokines and nitrotyrosine. Blood samples will be obtained at the time of blood sampling for the routine clinical management of the APAP overdose patient. Patients who are hospitalized will have study blood samples drawn at the time daily blood samples are obtained. The sampling will continue daily until the patient is discharged. In addition to blood sampling the following data will be collected: age, gender, race, circumstances of the ingestion, dose of the ingestion, treatment for the ingestion, concomitant therapy, medical history and cigarette use.