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Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438531.84515.95
Case Report

Acute dyspnea in a postpartum patient

Fittro, Kenneth PA-C; Nichols, William DO

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ABSTRACT: Topical benzocaine sprays used to relieve perineal pain in postpartum patients can, rarely, lead to methemoglobinemia. In patients with other medical issues, such as anemia, methemoglobinemia can become symptomatic, causing acute dyspnea and potentially becoming life-threatening.

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