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Methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type

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Disease or Syndrome
Gene (location): HBB (11p15.4)
OMIM®: 617971


Methemoglobinemia is a clinical condition in which more than 1% of hemoglobin is oxidized to methemoglobin, a type of hemoglobin that contains the ferric (Fe3+) form of iron. Patients with hemoglobin M are cyanotic but otherwise asymptomatic. If the mutation occurs in the hemoglobin alpha subunit (141800), cyanosis is apparent at birth, whereas if the beta chain is affected, cyanosis appears later or intensifies when beta subunit production increases. If a newborn carries a fetal M hemoglobin (gamma subunit; 142250), cyanosis disappears when the complete gamma-beta-switch occurs (summary by Mansouri and Lurie, 1993). [from OMIM]

Additional description

From MedlinePlus Genetics
Methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type is a condition that affects the function of red blood cells. Specifically, it alters a molecule called hemoglobin within these cells. Hemoglobin within red blood cells attaches (binds) to oxygen molecules in the lungs, which it carries through the bloodstream, then releases in tissues throughout the body. Instead of normal hemoglobin, people with methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type have an abnormal form called methemoglobin, which is unable to efficiently deliver oxygen to the body's tissues. In methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type, the abnormal hemoglobin gives the blood a brown color. It also causes a bluish appearance of the skin, lips, and nails (cyanosis), which usually first appears around the age of 6 months. The signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type are generally limited to cyanosis, which does not cause any health problems. However, in rare cases, severe methemoglobinemia, beta-globin type can cause headaches, weakness, and fatigue.  https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/methemoglobinemia-beta-globin-type

Clinical features

From HPO
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Disease or Syndrome
Abnormally increased levels of methemoglobin in the blood. In this form of hemoglobin, there is an oxidized ferric iron (Fe +3) rather than the reduced ferrous form (Fe 2+) that is normally found in hemoglobin. Methemoglobin has a reduced affinity for oxygen, resulting in a reduced ability to release oxygen to tissues.
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Sign or Symptom
Bluish discoloration of the skin and mucosa due to poor circulation or inadequate oxygenation of arterial or capillary blood.

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