methaemalbuminaemiamedical dictionary

The presence of methemalbumin in the circulating blood, indicative of haemoglobin breakdown; found in some patients with blackwater fever or paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria; described as a means of differentiating severe (haemorrhagic) from mild (oedematous) pancreatitis, and also has been described in other acute conditions such as strangulation obstruction of intestine and mesenteric artery occlusion.

American spelling: methemalbuminemia

(05 Mar 2000)