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Environmental Health Division
Environmental Exposure Grand Rounds
A shared dialogue among Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians, the Minnesota Poison Control System, and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, from 7 to 8 a.m.
Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Medical Toxicology Fellows
Methemoglobin and nitrite exposures in Minnesota, past and present
Methemoglobinemia has long been seen in Minnesota, either due to medically prescribed xenobiotic exposures or due to environmental exposures. The face of this disease process is changing. Through our clinical practices and through the Minnesota Poison Control System, we are starting to see increasing numbers of acute severe methemoglobinemia cases (owing to intentional ingestion rather than environmental exposure). The fellows will look at this evolution and discuss the different causes of this disease and the time courses of methemoglobinemia.
The term “xenobiotics” describes the chemical, synthetic, or maybe naturally occurring compounds affecting the normal metabolism of a living organism. Methemoglobinemia is also known as blue baby syndrome because bottle-fed babies under six months old are at the highest risk of getting methemoglobinemia from exposure to nitrates in drinking water. Methemoglobinemia can cause skin to turn a bluish color and can result in serious illness or death. Other symptoms connected to methemoglobinemia include decreased blood pressure, increased heart rate, headaches, stomach cramps, and vomiting.
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About environmental exposure grand rounds
The purpose of Environmental Exposure Grand Rounds is to foster communication and multidisciplinary collaboration between medical and public health specialties through presentations and discussions that explore impact of environmental exposures on health.
CMEs are not offered for this EEGR.
We are looking into reinstituting them.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits have been offered for all previous Environmental Exposure Grand Rounds through Health Partners. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Suggestions for topics are welcome. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com.