Author: Ryan Circh, MD
- Chronic salicylate (ASA) toxicity can present in elderly patients as altered mental status
- Consider chronic toxicity in patients with an unexplained anion gap acidosis
- Treatment for chronic ingestion typically includes IV fluids and urine alkalinization
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Summarized by Will Dewsipelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD