Acute temporal lobe infarction in a young patient associated with marijuana abuse: An unusual cause of stroke

World J Emerg Med. 2014;5(1):72-4. doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.issn.1920-8642.2014.01.013.


Background: Cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events associated with drug abuse have been frequently reported, particularly in young patients. The drugs include generally cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines. Although marijuana is among the widely used narcotics in the world, stroke associated with the marijuana use is infrequently reported.

Methods: Stroke caused by the use of marijuana was investigated in a 23-year-old man and the importance of inquiry of drug abuse in case of stroke was emphasized.

Results: The patient was treated for 7 days in a follow-up, but he was not recovered. The patient was discharged in his existing condition and was directed for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Conclusion: Ischemic stroke is associated with drug abuse and/or substance use, mainly cannabinoids and amphetamines, particularly in young patients.

Keywords: Emergency medicine; Marijuana abuse; Stroke.

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