Cerebral Vasculitis Associated with Cocaine Abuse

    Volume 38, Issue 3 (May 1993)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    McQuillen, JB
    Chief Medical Examiner and Consulting Neuropathologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Burlington, VT

    Morrow, PL
    Chief Medical Examiner and Consulting Neuropathologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Burlington, VT

    (Received 3 June 1992; accepted 3 October 1992)

    Abstract

    A variety of central nervous system pathology has been associated with cocaine abuse, including cerebral vasculitis. We report a case of a 25-year-old woman who died of hypoxic encephalopathy following cardiac arrest due to cocaine abuse. Autopsy revealed a distinctive cerebral vasculitis with features characteristic of hypersensitivity drug included vasculitis. The significance of cerebral vasculitis associated with cocaine is reviewed.


    Paper ID: JFS13463J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13463J

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