J. P. LAABAN, M.D.; P. BODENAN, M.D.; J. ROCHEMAURE, M.D.
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To the editor: Despite the increasing use of volatile nitrites, methemoglobinemia following inhalation or ingestion of nitrite "poppers" has been rarely reported, and only with butyl nitrite (1). We report the case of a patient who developed methemoglobinemia after ingestion of amyl nitrite poppers.
A 29-year-old man was admitted to our intensive care unit with recent unexplained psychological disorders. On admission, the patient was mentally unclear and intermittently agitated. He was markedly and diffusely cyanotic. His blood pressure was 90/60 mm Hg; pulse, 150/min, respiratory rate, 25/min. The lungs were clear. Clinical findings were otherwise unremarkable. His arterial blood gases
LAABAN JP, BODENAN P, ROCHEMAURE J. Amyl Nitrite Poppers and Methemoglobinemia. Ann Intern Med. ;103:804–805. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-5-804_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(5):804-805.
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