Gary S. Ferenchick, MD
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To the Editors: In their recent article, Kaku and Lowenstein (1) investigated the epidemiologic association between stroke and recreational drug abuse in young persons. The recreational drugs implicated by these investigators included many commonly abused drugs. Anabolic steroids, however, were not mentioned. In some populations, the abuse of anabolic steroids may be as pervasive as that of other commonly abused recreational drugs, and such steroid abuse has been temporally linked to thrombosis (2, 3).
That anabolic steroids should predispose to stroke and other thrombotic complications is supported by several lines of evidence. Case reports have linked anabolic steroid abuse to
Ferenchick GS. Drug Abuse and Stroke. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:431. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-5-431_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(5):431.
Neurology, Stroke, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Abuse.
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