What is included in initial care of methemoglobinemia?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Initial care includes the following:

  • Administration of supplemental oxygen
  • Determination of the underlying etiology (eg, toxin or drug)
  • Removal of the offending oxidizing substance

After acute exposure to an oxidizing agent, it is advisable to treat patients with methemoglobin levels of 20% or higher (or lower levels, such as 10%, if there are significant comorbidities especially in the presence of end-organ dysfunction.

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