Vertebral Artery Dissection Related to Amphetamine Abuse - A Case Report

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We report the case of a 37-year-old male patient with chronic amphetamine abuse who presented with vertebral artery dissection. Prior to presentation, he had increased the consumption of amphetamine from 5 times a year to once every week and had used amphetamine on the day of presentation. He attended with neck pain, vertigo and coordinating difficulties of his left arm. Computed tomography angiogram of the neck vessels showed a left vertebral stenosis and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed a left vertebral pseudolumen and a medullary stroke. Cervical artery dissection is a major cause of stroke in the young. To the authors' knowledge, this is the second reported case of vertebral artery dissection in a patient with amphetamine abuse. Amphetamine might contribute to an increased risk of vertebral artery dissection through its vasculopathic properties although more data are needed to establish a causal relationship.

TidsskriftJournal of Central Nervous System Disease
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StatusUdgivet - 2020

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