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Medical Dark Green Blood In The Operating Theatre

  1. Dec 14, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Wow, that must be very scary, as being the operator. Watching green blood instead of a healthy red is enough to make anyone think twice before continuing.

    Interesting case, thanks!.
  4. Dec 14, 2007 #3
    While it is a bit shocking, a hundred years ago people took sulpher as a common cure for several ailments, so green blood has been around for a while. We just are not use to seeing today.
    Green blood occurs when a sulphur atom gets incorporated into the oxygen-carrying haemoglobin protein of blood.
  5. Dec 14, 2007 #4

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    I thought the only other metal moeity in hemoglobin was copper in the Mollusca.... You know - octopus, squid, clams, etc. Interesting.
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    He's one of the crab people!
  7. Dec 14, 2007 #6
    I looked for some reference to a dye being injected that was green in color but did not see such. The sulfur angle is another interesting result of body chemistry.
  8. Dec 14, 2007 #7
    If we get copper instead, wouldn't our blood turn blue?

    Blue blood > Green blood.
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    The dark blue blood you are thinking of is because of the protein haemocyanin which is the oxygen carrier in the blood of most molluscs. Its actually colourless when deoxygenated. I'm not sure if there is anything that has naturally green blood.
  10. Dec 15, 2007 #9
    I wish I would get a sample of sulfhemoglobin in the lab....that would be neat to see.
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    Of course the guy could have just been a Vulcan.
  12. Dec 15, 2007 #11
    If I remember correctly, Spiders naturally have blue blood due to having sulphur instead of iron in the haem group.

    Green blood, can't think of any, besides the Statue of Liberty, who is turning greener and greener by the moment.
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