Anesthesiology/methemoglobinemia

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Hi I was wondering does methemoglobinemia effect the limb were the injection of anaesthetic has taken place or does it effect the whole body

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Methemoglobinemia is a condition in which the hemoglobin binds to a component of the local anesthetic. Since the red blood cells contain the abnormal hemoglobin the condition is circulated throughout the body. However, it would take a great deal of local anesthetic to produce an excessive amount of methemoglobinemia and the condition is easily reversed with a substance called methylene blue.

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Charles T Porter Jr MD

Expertise

Questions in all fields of Anesthesiology except Pain Management.

Experience

I have been in the practice of Anesthesiology since 1981.

Organizations
American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Medical Association

Education/Credentials
Graduate of the Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina. Completed Anesthesiology residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, California. Board certified in Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists.

Awards and Honors
Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society 1978, Outstanding Graduate Anesthesiology Resident Naval Medical Center San Diego California

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