Methemoglobinemia in a 14-year-old girl with new-onset dyspnea
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Wallace, Michelle; Tenbarge, Caitlin; Harlow, Sofia; Kasting, Nathan; Gooden, Justin. 2019. Methemoglobinemia in a 14-year-old girl with new-onset dyspnea. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, vol. 32:no. 12:pp 28-30
Methemoglobinemia is a rare and potentially life-threatening medical emergency that can be overlooked when evaluating a patient in respiratory distress. Without early recognition, patients may develop respiratory failure and die. This article describes a teenager who presented to the ED for dyspnea and lightheadedness and failed to respond to supplemental oxygen. She was eventually diagnosed with methemoglobinemia.
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