Spinal cord infarction secondary to cocaine use

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Spinal cord infarction secondary to cocaine use
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Journal Article
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American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2007, vol. 86, issue 2, pp 158-160
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Article describes the case of a 27-year-old woman who recreationally inhaled cocaine and several hours later, she noted chest tightness, then back and neck pain, and later, bilateral upper-extremity weakness. The patient seemed to have sustained an infarct in the anterior spinal artery distribution, with clinical, imaging, and electrodiagnostic findings of upper-extremity lower-motor neuron injury accompanied by spasticity of the lower extremities. Although such effects are uncommon, cocaine abuse can cause spinal cord infarction.
Schreiber, Adam L.; Formal, Christopher S.
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