Man turns blue after mistaking amyl nitrite for energy drink: case

He arrived at ED 'profoundly cyanosed and agitated' and unable to explain what had happened.
Staff writer

A middle-aged man who collapsed and turned blue during a boozy night turned out to have ingested a bottle of amyl nitrite after mistaking it for an energy drink, a UK doctor reports.

While the cause of severe methaemoglobinaemia was initially unclear, Dr Patrick Timmons from Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland said the case highlighted the importance of “swift recognition and treatment” of the life-threatening disorder.