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Embolic Stroke After Smoking Crack Cocaine (1990)

Embolic Stroke After Smoking Crack Cocaine (1990)

  1. Jatelka
    Stroke 1990 Nov;21(11):1632-5

    Petty, G W ; Brust, J C ; Tatemichi, T K ; Barr, M L

    A 39-year-old woman had an embolic upper division middle cerebral artery branch occlusion 3 hours after smoking the free base of cocaine ("crack"). Radionuclide ventriculography demonstrated cardiomyopathy, and echocardiography documented a left atrial thrombus. This case demonstrates that embolism is one mechanism of ischemic stroke after cocaine use, and that cardiomyopathy, possibly cocaine induced, may be the source of embolus. A cardiac source of embolus should be sought in patients with cocaine-associated cerebral infarction
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