Agranulocytosis and other consequences due to use of illicit cocaine contaminated with levamisole.

@article{Buchanan2012AgranulocytosisAO,
  title={Agranulocytosis and other consequences due to use of illicit cocaine contaminated with levamisole.},
  author={Jennie A. Buchanan and Eric J. Lavonas},
  journal={Current opinion in hematology},
  year={2012},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={27-31}
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Most of the illicit cocaine consumed in the United States and elsewhere is contaminated with levamisole, a veterinary medication. Agranulocytosis caused by levamisole exposure through cocaine abuse was first described in 2009. Since then, levamisole has also been shown and is known to cause vascular and neurologic complications. In this review, we provide an overview of the medical consequences of exposure to levamisole from adulterated cocaine. RECENT FINDINGS Within the… CONTINUE READING
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