Cyanosis of the hands following the use of alphaprodine in dental anaesthesia
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A case is presented of asymptomatic cyanosis of the hands, seen four hours after dental surgery under intravenous, local and inhalational anaesthesia. Alphaprodine hydrochloride, a synthetic opiate and one of the agents used, may produce dilatation of the venous bed with passive venous pooling. Such a mechanism is thought to have occurred in this case, manifesting as cyanosis. A weakly positive intradermal skin test to alphaprodine suggests immediate type hypersensitivity as a possible underlying cause.
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