Markedly prolonged theophylline half-life in liver failure

R. C. Baselt, Timothy E Albertson

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Theophylline toxicity developed within 48 hours of admission in a 63-year-old alcoholic male who presented with shortness of breath, edema, and lethargy. Using liquid chromatography, a serum theophylline half-life of 134 hours was observed following discontinuation of the drug. This report emphasizes the effect of hepatic disease on theopylline clearance and the need for frequent monitoring of plasma theopylline concentrations in cirrhotic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-63
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Analytical Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology


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