What is the role of cirrhosis in the etiology of methemoglobinemia?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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RBCs in patients with liver cirrhosis undergo severe oxidative stress, especially in the setting of bleeding complications. [34] The level of methemoglobin is significantly higher in the RBCs of these patients than in those of nonbleeding patients.


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