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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 16, Issue 2, Sept 2015 pp 292-293

Case Report

Methaemoglobinemia in pregnancy

Amey Chugh*, Pallavi Gurav**, Shubhangi Mande***, Swati Shiradkar****

*Chief Resident, **Senior Resident, ***Associate Professor, ****Professor and HOD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

M.G.M. Medical College and hospital, Aurangabad– 431003, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Methemoglobin is an oxidized form of hemoglobin with iron in the ferric form instead of the usual ferrous form, which results in decreased availability of oxygen to the tissues. Methemoglobinemia occurs when R.B.C.s contain methemoglobin higher than 1 %. It is a well known but frequently forgotten cause of hypoxia and respiratory distress in patients of all ages. As most patients are asymptomatic, congenital form may be diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy.