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Acquired methemoglobinaemia.
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PMID:  22548146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Acquired methemoglobinaemia is a relatively rare condition and, therefore infrequently encountered in acute medical practice. Suspicion of the condition may be triggered when the measured PaO2 is 'out of keeping' with the oxygen saturations that are discovered with pulse oximetry. We describe two separate cases of acquired methemoglobinaemia secondary to the recreational use of alkyl nitrites ('poppers'). The patients presented at separate times to two different teaching hospitals in London, UK. The similarity of these cases has led the authors to conclude that a raised awareness of this potentially fatal condition, and its association with a widely-available recreational drug, is necessary to ensure a correct and timely diagnosis.
Adil Al-Lawati; Nick Murch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sultan Qaboos University medical journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  2075-0528     ISO Abbreviation:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-01     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101519915     Medline TA:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Country:  Oman    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-41     Citation Subset:  -    
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