Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 1192–1194

Cocaine use and its rheumatic manifestations: a case report and discussion

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10067-006-0327-x

Cite this article as:
Bhinder, S.K. & Majithia, V. Clin Rheumatol (2007) 26: 1192. doi:10.1007/s10067-006-0327-x


Cocaine use can be associated with a wide spectrum of rheumatic manifestations. It poses a diagnostic challenge as the patients usually withhold the information of cocaine use, and no serological tests are available to establish this diagnosis. We report a patient with vasculopathic syndrome secondary to cocaine use. Despite initial denial of drug abuse, skin biopsy suggested the diagnosis, which was subsequently confirmed by urine drug testing. Differentiating cocaine-associated pseudovasculitis from true vasculitis is necessary, as conventional treatment is usually ineffective without complete abstinence from cocaine use and may be associated with significant morbidity as well as mortality.


ANCA Cocaine use Pseudovasculitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Department of MedicineUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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