Ronald S. Freudenberger, MD; Mitchell S. Cappell, MD, PhD; Douglas A. Hutt, MD
Cocaine is a leading and rapidly growing cause of drug toxicity and drug-related mortality (1). Although it is well known that cocaine can produce myocardial and cerebral infarction (2-4), little is known about cocaine-induced ischemic damage to other organs. We report a case of acute mesenteric ischemia after intravenous administration of cocaine, which extends previously reported observations (5, 6).
A 38-year-old thin male intravenous cocaine abuser was found at work to be lethargic but arousable after intravenously self-administering 4 grams of cocaine the previous day. The patient had myalgias, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort. He denied chest pain,
Freudenberger RS, Cappell MS, Hutt DA. Intestinal Infarction after Intravenous Cocaine Administration. Ann Intern Med. ;113:715–716. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-9-715
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(9):715-716.
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