Acute rhabdomyolysis associated with acute cocaine intoxication. A case report

  • Censori B. 
  • Camerlingo M. 
  • Casto L. 
  • Ferraro B. 
  • Gazzaniga G. C. 
  • Partziguian T. 
  • Mamoli A. 
Case Reports

Abstract

We report a case of acute rhabdomyolysis associated with acute intravenous cocaine intoxication in an asymptomatic HIV-positive young man and discuss the possible pathogenetic mechanisms. Recent cocaine use must be considered among the causes of acute rhabdomyolysis without obvious precipitanting factors in our country too. The characteristically uncollaborative attitude of habitual drug users may make differential diagnosis very difficult to establish.

Key Words

Cocaine rhabdomyolysis HIV infection 

Sommario

Viene descritto un caso di rabdomiolisi acuta associata ad intossicazione acuta da cocaina in un giovane HIV-positivo asintomatico e sono discussi i possibili meccanismi patogenetici del danno muscolare. Si sottolinea che una recente assunzione di cocaina deve essere considerata tra le cause di rabdomiolisi acuta senza fattori precipitanti evidenti anche nel nostro paese. L'atteggiamento tipicamente poco collaborante degli abituali consumatori di stupefacenti può rendere molto difficile il completamento della diagnosi differenziale.

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© Masson Italia Editori 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Censori B. 
    • 1
  • Camerlingo M. 
    • 1
  • Casto L. 
    • 1
  • Ferraro B. 
    • 1
  • Gazzaniga G. C. 
    • 1
  • Partziguian T. 
    • 1
  • Mamoli A. 
    • 1
  1. 1.2a Divisione di NeurologiaOspedali RiunitiBergamo

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