Recreational drug use (radiological manifestations)

Radiological manifestations of recreational drug use are not infrequently seen as the use of recreational drugs is widespread.

Epidemiology

Interestingly, recent reports have suggested a decreasing incidence of reported drug use in the general population over the past decade, but it remains that ~36% of the United Kingdom population between 16 and 59 years of age report having taken a recreational drug at some point, 8.2% in the past 12 months 1.

Pathology

There are many possible complications and medical conditions that may be associated with drug use 2. Few of them are specific for or highly associated with particular drugs and have radiological manifestations that may be recognised, or where drug use forms part of the differential.

Conditions include: 

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Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Radiology of recreational drug use
  • Radiological manifestations of recreational drug use

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    Case 1: marijuana lung
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    Case 2: body packing
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    Case 3: meth mouth
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    Case 4: crack lung
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    Case 5: chasing the dragon
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    Case 6: methamphetamine-induced intracerebral haemorrhage
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    Case 7: septal perforation following cocaine use
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    Case 8: acute reversible pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure from cocaine toxicity
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    Case 9: marijuana and pneumothorax
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    Case 10: pneumomediastinum post amphetamine smoking
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    Case 11: Chasing the dragon: heroin smoking related toxic leukoencephalopathy
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