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Hospital Admissions for Chest Pain Associated with Cocaine Use in the United States

The outcomes related to chest pain associated with cocaine use and its burden on the healthcare system are not well studied. Methods Data were collected from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2001-2012). Subjects were identified by using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes. Primary outcome was a composite of mortality, myocardial infarction, […]

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Illicit Drug, Ischemic Bowel

In the young adult or middle-aged patient with abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, a history of cocaine abuse is an important consideration in the differential diagnosis, as illustrated in this case. A 44-year-old male construction worker presented to our general medicine clinic reporting 1 year of recurrent, sharp, left-sided abdominal pain associated with frequent loose […]

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An Unusual Complication of Crack Abuse

Blog Feature. Crack cocaine abuse is highly prevalent in the United States. Though physical withdrawal occurs rarely, the compulsion to smoke crack is powerful. In this case, a patient attempted to smoke crack through her tracheostomy and aspirated her glass crack pipe. Case Report: A 50 year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department (ED) complaining […]

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