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Acute dyspnea in a postpartum patient

Fittro, Kenneth PA-C; Nichols, William DO

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

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.

Author Information

At Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich., Kenneth Fittro is a PA on the rapid response team, and William Nichols practices critical care. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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