Side Effects Of High Hemoglobin

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Alternative Names

Methemoglobin; Carboxyhemoglobin; Sulfhemoglobin

Normal Values

The following values represent the percentage of hemoglobin derivatives based on total hemoglobin:

  • Carboxyhemoglobin: less than 3% (but may be as high as 15% in smokers)
  • Methemoglobin: less than 3%
  • Sulfhemoglobin: undetectable

What abnormal results mean

High levels of hemoglobin derivatives can lead to significant health problems. The altered forms of hemoglobin do not allow oxygen to be moved properly through the body....

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