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Glossary for Methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type

  • Blood conditions: Conditions that affect the blood
  • Blue skin: Blueness of the skin
  • Comly syndrome: High blood levels of methemoglobin due to drinking water from wells which have a high nitrate concentration. It is most often seen in babies who have their formula made up using well water. The disorder may also occur in infants who are fed high nitrat food such as eggplant, spinach, beets and green beans. Infants who are less than three months old lack sufficient enzymes to prevent the problem.
  • Congenital conditions: Any condition that you are born with such as birth defects or genetic diseases.
  • Congenital conditions -- blood disorders: Congenital medical conditions affecting the blood at birth.
  • Cyanosis: Blueness or purple coloring of skin.
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • Methaemoglobinaemia: The presence of methaemoglin in the a persons blood


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