Cyanosis - Frequently Asked Questions

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Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Apr 23, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult if my baby has cyanosis?

You should immediately go to the emergency room (ER) physician at the nearest hospital, who will refer you to a neonatologist.

2. How are cyanosis and hypoxia related?

Cyanosis is a late sign of hypoxia, where vasoconstriction of the peripheral blood vessels or decreased hemoglobin are responsible for the symptoms.

3. Why does cyanosis occur?

Cyanosis occurs due to lack of oxygen in the blood.

4. Is cyanosis serious?

Yes. Cyanosis is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

5. How can you quickly check for cyanosis?

Pulse oximetry, coupled with clinical symptoms can quickly diagnose cyanosis.

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