Spiro Demetis, MD

High Wycombe

HP14 4RS


Benzocaine-induced methemoglobinemia in bronchoscopy

May 01, 2007

Benzocaine-induced methemoglobinemia has been a well-documented illness that is usually simple to cure but can be life-threatening if not recognized. As the use of "scope" procedures becomes more commonplace, the early recognition of hypoxemia resulting from methemoglobinemia is essential. The authors report a case of benzocaine-related methemoglobinemia following bronchoscopy.