TITLE

INTRACRANIAL HEMORRHAGE AND AMPHETAMINE USAGE

AUTHOR(S)
Olsen, Earl R.
PUB. DATE
July 1977
SOURCE
Angiology;Jul1977, Vol. 28 Issue 7, p464
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A 25-year-old man died after an intravenous injection of 100 mg of methedrine. Postmortem studies showed visceral congestion, lung edema, pericardial petechiae, centrolobular necrosis of the liver, and diffuse subarachnoid blood, intracranial vasculitis and cerebritis in the absence of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations or chronic hypertension. A review of the English-language literature produced 3 other cases of fatal amphetamine-induced intracranial hemorrhage and seven nonfatal cases. Some were the result of overdose, others of hypersensitivity. Angiographic evidence suggests that such hemorrhages result from the development of fibrinoid necrosis and the formation of microaneurysms in the small intracerebral vessels.
ACCESSION #
16398240

 

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