What is the basis for treatment selection in methemoglobinemia?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Early clinical recognition of methemoglobinemia is paramount. Treatment is determined by the symptoms:

  • Severe methemoglobinemia can be life-threatening and necessitate emergency therapy
  • Chronic mild methemoglobinemia may be completely asymptomatic and necessitate no specific therapy
  • No pharmacologic treatment exists for hereditary forms of methemoglobinemia

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