Acquired methemoglobinemia–A sporadic Holi disaster

Sanjeevani Satish Masavkar, Anupama Mauskar, Gaurav Patwardhan, Vasudeva Bhat, Mamta V. Manglani

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Objective: To study clinical profile and outcome in patients with methemoglobinemia following exposure to toxic colors during Holi festival. Methods: This retrospective study included 112 children (5 to 12 years) admitted with methemoglobinemia after playing Holi. Clinical and treatment details were reviewed. Results: The common symptoms were giddiness, vomiting and headache. Treatment included thorough skin wash, intravenous fluid and methylene blue in 111 children. Age 7-9 and > 11 years, vomiting, giddiness, cyanosis, PaO2 < 80 mm Hg and oxygen saturation < 95% were associated with higher need for methylene blue. All children had a good outcome. Conclusion: Timely diagnosis and management of acquired methemoglobinemia can save lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-475
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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