METHEMOGLOBINEMIA (METHBA): ONE OF WORLD’S MOST ULTRA- RARE SILENT KILLER
Keywords:Congenital Methemoglobinemia, Benzocaine
Known more commonly as blue skin disorder, this disease is characterized by an abnormal amount of methemoglobin, a type of hemoglobin that's transformed to carrying iron, in a person's blood. Most of us have less than 1% methemoglobin in our blood stream, whereas those who suffer from blue skin disorder possess between 10% and 20% methemoglobin. Because iron-carrying hemoglobin carries only a reduced amount of oxygen, patients diagnosed with methemoglobinemia are at higher risk of developing heart abnormalities, having a seizure, or even dying prematurely. The disease has been made most famous by a single family in Kentucky who appear to have passed the genetic trait onto its family members for some 200 years.
Keywords: Congenital Methemoglobinemia, Benzocaine