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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Interference with Oxygen Transport:

CO binds to hemoglobin forming carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) which interferes with oxygen binding to this respiratory pigment. This decreases the blood's ability to transport oxygen to various organs and tissues, among them the most aerobic ones, heart and brain (not shown).

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