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What’s Up Doc? Methemoglobinemia

Question: Is there really a disease that makes your blood look chocolate-colored?Answer: Oxygen binds to the iron in heme, a protein in red blood cells, RBCs; this iron is normally in the reduced ferrous form, Fe2+, and this oxygenated ferrous iron is what makes the blood look red. The oxygen …

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What’s Up Doc? Nodule compromises finger tendon

Question: I have an issue with my middle finger which has gotten worse, and now I cannot bend it. I thought it was a trigger finger, but my doctor said it is Dupuytren’s. What’s the difference?Answer: The muscles that flex and extend the fingers are in the forearm, connected to …