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September 1970

Significance of Methemalbuminemia in Acute Abdominal Emergencies

Author Affiliations

Wolverhampton and Birmingham, England
From the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, England, and the General Hospital, Birmingham, England. Dr. Goodhead is now at the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(3):376-378. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340270024006

During a two-year period, four cases of methemalbuminemia associated with an acute abdomen were found in which acute pancreatitis was not present. It is concluded that the finding of methemalbuminemia is not a specific test for acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.