Woman Turns Up To Hospital Because Her Blood Had Turned Blue

Woman Turns Up To Hospital Because Her Blood Had Turned BlueEmma Rosemurgey New England Journal of Medicine

A woman has been hospitalised after her blood turned blue, resembling something out of a sci-fi movie.

The 25-year-old woman gave the expression feeling blue an entirely new meaning when she arrived at a Rhode Island hospital with navy blue blood.

As per a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, the woman admitted using a topical pain reliever for toothache, before waking up the next day feeling weak and blue.

Doctors say the woman was what they call cyanotic, which is the medical term for having blueish skin and nails.

Woman Turns Up To Hospital Because Her Blood Had Turned BlueNew England Journal of Medicine

She was seen by Dr Otis Warren, an emergency room doctor on duty at Miriam hospital in Providence, who diagnosed the problem as acquired methemoglobinemia, which is a rare blood disorder which causes people to produce an extraordinary amount of methemoglobin, a type of hemoglobin.

According to the National Library of Medicine, with methemoglobinemia, the hemoglobin can carry oxygen, but cannot release it effectively to tissues.

Fortunately, Dr Warren had come across a case of methemoglobinemia previously, with a patient who was being treated with an antibiotic.

Speaking to NBC News, he explained:

The skin color looked exactly the same. You see it once, and it stays in your mind.

Woman Turns Up To Hospital Because Her Blood Had Turned BlueNew England Journal of Medicine

Dr Warren said the condition had been set Read More – Source