Barry C. Herzlich, MD; Edward L. Arsura, MD; Murali Pagala, PhD; David Grob, MD
The rapid escalation in cocaine consumption in recent years has led to the recognition of new toxicities (1). Muscle necrosis caused by cocaine alone or with other factors has rarely been appreciated. We describe the cases of three patients with rhabdomyolysis resulting in acute renal failure in which cocaine was felt to play a major role, and discuss the manifestations and possible pathogenesis of this disorder.
A 27-year-old man was hospitalized with bilateral flank pain. The patient had smoked cocaine alkaloid (crack) every 3 to 4 hours for 4 consecutive days. On day 5, he became delirious and
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Herzlich BC, Arsura EL, Pagala M, Grob D. Rhabdomyolysis Related to Cocaine Abuse. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:335–336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-335
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):335-336.
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Abuse.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only