Which specialist consultations are needed in the treatment of methemoglobinemia?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Consultation with a toxicologist should be obtained for those who are not familiar with or who are not comfortable with the treatment of methemoglobinemia. Consultation with other specialists (eg, a hematologist, cardiologist, or pulmonologist) may be required to assist in the search for the cause of the methemoglobinemia.

In patients with severe symptoms, consultation with a critical care specialist should be obtained. If the methemoglobinemia is severe, it may be life-threatening; hence, an American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)-certified regional poison control center or a medical toxicologist should be consulted.


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