Intestinal ischemia caused by cocaine ingestion: report of two cases.

  title={Intestinal ischemia caused by cocaine ingestion: report of two cases.},
  author={H Nalbandian and Nita Sheth and Rosalind Dietrich and John Georgiou},
  volume={97 3},
Ingested cocaine can be a cause of severe bowel ischemia or gangrene. Two cocaine addicts who ingested large quantities of the drug developed severe abdominal symptoms and signs caused by bowel ischemia. In one patient gangrene of the bowel necessitated repeated resections and was followed, several weeks later, by death. The other patient suffered less severe ischemia and the bowel returned to normal. The diagnosis of bowel ischemia should be suspected whenever a cocaine addict has severe… CONTINUE READING


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