Cardiology & Vascular Research


Cocaine Induced Peripheral Artery Occlusion Resulting in Critical Limb Ischemia

Kathryn Collins, Ryan Senese, Anantha Ramanathan.

Introduction: Cocaine addiction is a common health problem. While Cocaine’s effects on the heart and the cerebrovascular system are well documented and studied, cases of peripheral arterial occlusion from Cocaine use are uncommon in the literature.

Case: A case of a forty six year old man with cocaine induced common iliac artery thrombosis which was successfully treated by stenting is presented.

Discussion: Cocaine induced peripheral arterial disease is discussed along with possible mechanisms.

Conclusion: Physicians should be aware of Cocaine use as one of the possible risk factors for peripheral arterial occlusion.

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