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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Methemoglobinemia (Overview)

Methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobin is hemoglobin containing ferric form of iron. Methemoglobinemia occurs when there are elevated blood levels of methemoglobin.


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Methemoglobinemia in infants?

Methemoglobinemia in infants?

G6PD defeciency: Two possible causes. Exposure to nitrates (rare in infants) or g6pd deficiency which can also cause methemoglobinemia in infants. Baby would need metabolic work-up and a good history of toxin exposures. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
12 Doctors shared insights

Methemoglobinemia (Overview)

Methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobin is hemoglobin containing ferric form of iron. Methemoglobinemia occurs when there are elevated blood levels of methemoglobin.


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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Tell me about the genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease)?

Tell me about the genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease)?

Abnormal hemoglobin: Methhemoglobin is an abnormal form of hemoglobin, usually due to oxidative damage. Some inherited forms of hemoglobins are more susceptible to such damage and could be said to be due to gene disorder. ...Read more

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Is methemoglobinemia inherited?

Is methemoglobinemia inherited?

Most of the time not: Methemoglobinemia aka "blue man disease" (blood has a blue tint instead of red) is due to excessicve methemoglobin. It can be caused by ingestion of certain drugs or compounds. A genetic form is due to nadh-cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency (an enzyme) which causes decreased oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, with resultant cyanosis (=blueness) and hypoxia (low oxygen in blood). ...Read more

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How frequent is methemoglobinemia?

How frequent is methemoglobinemia?

Prevalence unknown: According to OrphaNet. I assume you are referring to hereditary MHgb. It can be common in certain populations such as Navajo Indians, Yakutsk Siberians, Athabascan Alaskans and in Eastern Kentucky (Blue Fugates.) Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Methemoglobinemia?

What is the definition or description of: Methemoglobinemia?

Methemoglobinemia: Methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobin is hemoglobin containing ferric form of iron. Methemoglobinemia occurs when there are elevated blood levels of methemoglobin. ...Read more

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Methemoglobinemia in infants?

G6PD defeciency: Two possible causes. Exposure to nitrates (rare in infants) or g6pd deficiency which can also cause methemoglobinemia in infants. Baby would need metabolic work-up and a good history of toxin exposures. ...Read more

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Is methemoglobinemia a chromosomal or a gene disorder?

Abnormal hemoglobin: Methhemoglobin is an abnormal form of hemoglobin, usually due to oxidative damage. Some inherited forms of hemoglobins are more susceptible to such damage and could be said to be due to gene disorder. ...Read more

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Tell me about the genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease)?

Abnormal hemoglobin: Methhemoglobin is an abnormal form of hemoglobin, usually due to oxidative damage. Some inherited forms of hemoglobins are more susceptible to such damage and could be said to be due to gene disorder. ...Read more

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Genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease), can you tell me more?

Genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease), can you tell me more?

Methemoglobinemia: Methemoglobinemia is called "blue man disease" because blood has a blue tint (instead of red) due to methemoglobin. It can be caused by ingestion of certain drugs or compounds. A genetic form is due to nadh-cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency (an enzyme) which causes decreased oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, with resultant cyanosis (=blueness) and hypoxia (low oxygen in blood). ...Read more

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Is methemoglobinemia a chromosomal disorder or a gene disorder?

Is methemoglobinemia a chromosomal disorder or a gene disorder?

Acquired and genetic: Your ethnicity wouldn't include Yakutsk people of Siberia? Methemoglobin, like hemoglobin, acquires oxygen, but whereas hemoglobin will let go of it for use in our tissues, methemoglobin won't let go. Not a good situation. Some make methemoglobin when exposed to some chemicals like benzocaine, or nitrites. There are 2 inherited forms. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000562.htm ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between methahemoglobinemia & dental work?

Is there a relationship between methahemoglobinemia & dental work?

Yes but rare: Methemoglobinemia can occur as a side effect to the use of topical anesthetics in dentistry. The numbing gel dentists use contains Benzocaine which can cause this condition. It is more like to happen in small children, especially under 2. For this reason, dentists need to be careful with the administration of topical numbing gels. ...Read more

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Who gets omg?

Who gets omg?

Can you clarify?: Omg is a texting-age expression "oh my god" but used even by secularists to express amazement and dismay at once. It's no medical acronym that I recognize though there are some trashy websites preseting medical freaks as having "omg disease". To which disease are you referring? Someone on healthtap will be happy to answer. ...Read more