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Pulmonary Physiology: Fellow Case Report Poster - Pulmonary Physiology |

Poppers Not Only Make You High: A Rare Case of Amyl Nitrate-Induced Hypoxia

Coral Olazagasti, MD; Janvi Paralkar, MD; Michael Vishnevetsky, MD; Aloke Chakravarti, MD; Roxana Sulica, MD; Kristine Favila, DO
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Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1108A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1216
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SESSION TITLE: Fellow Case Report Poster - Pulmonary Physiology

SESSION TYPE: Affiliate Case Report Poster

PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

INTRODUCTION: “Poppers” are inorganic nitrites that have become an increasingly popular recreational inhalant. They cause vasodilation, smooth muscle relaxation, and aphrodesia. Amyl nitrites act as oxidizing agents which can cause methemoglobinemia. As a result, tissue hypoxia occurs from decreased oxygen binding capacity of methemoglobin.

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