THOMAS L. SINGLEY III, M.D.
Secondary methemoglobinemia is a clinical entity that has been manifested in a wide variety of unusual circumstances (1-13). This rather dramatic syndrome has again appeared, the vehicle this time being fish adulterated with sodium nitrite in an attempt to mask or prevent spoilage.
On March 24, 1959, at 7:46 PM, 2 brothers, 3 and 6 years of age, were brought to the emergency department of The Cooper Hospital, Camden. Patient 1, a 3-year-old boy, was dead on arrival. On examination, he appeared to be quite cyanotic, and there was no detectable evidence of life. When an
SINGLEY TL. Secondary Methemoglobinemia due to the Adulteration of Fish with Sodium Nitrite. Ann Intern Med. ;57:800–803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-5-800
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(5):800-803.
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