Methemoglobinemia as a complication of 20% benzocaine spray for endoscopy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

47 Scopus citations

Abstract

Topical 20% benzocaine (Hurricaine, Beutlich, Inc., Niles, Ill.) spray is frequently used for oral anesthesia before upper endoscopy. Side effects attributed to this agent are exceedingly rare. The author reports one of these rare complications, drug-induced methemoglobinemia, in a patient with methemoglobin reductase deficiency. The mechanisms for the development of methemoglobinemia and its treatment are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalGastroenterology
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Methemoglobinemia as a complication of 20% benzocaine spray for endoscopy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this