Methaemoglobinaemia following the use of prilocaine ("citanest")

D. J. Daly, J. Davenport, M. C. Newland

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A series of eighty-one consecutive cases is reported in which continuous lumbar epidural block was performed on women in labour, prilocaine (Citanest) being the agent used. Nine cases showed cyanosis, and in seven of these spectroscopic examination of the blood showed methaemoglobinaemia. The relationship of prilocaine to aniline derivatives, known to cause methaemoglobinaemia, is mentioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-739
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1964
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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