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Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2014 Jul;27(3):223-5.

Multiorgan dysfunction related to chronic ketamine abuse.

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Departments of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (Pappachan, Hanna), Anesthesiology (Raj), and Gastroenterology (Thomas), University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Ketamine abuse is being increasingly reported worldwide. The drug can produce a dissociative state and hallucinations, making ketamine a favorite recreational agent among drug addicts. Chronic ketamine abuse can damage many organs, including the brain, heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary system. We report a patient with chronic ketamine abuse who presented with severe cachexia, upper gastrointestinal involvement, hepatobiliary dysfunction, and acute kidney injury.

PMID:
24982568
PMCID:
PMC4059572

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