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A Case of Ischemic Stroke in Young Patient Associated with Marijuana Use
Sue Young Ha, Dong-Wan Kang, Seung-Hoon Lee
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2020;18(1):47-50
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22537/jksct.2020.18.1.47
Published online: June 30, 2020
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1Department of Neurology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine
2Department of Neurology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine
3Department of Neurology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine

A 21-year-old female patient complaining of hemiparesis was diagnosed with right middle cerebral artery infarction. No risk factor was found, despite an extensive young-age stroke work-up, except her history of marijuana use. The patient had smoked marijuana for treating depression for more than five years. Magnetic resonance angiography showed multifocal intra- and extracranial stenoses, suggesting cannabinoid-induced vasculopathy. Since the use of illicit drugs has increased nationwide, physicians should consider it as a possible cause of a stroke due to an unknown etiology.

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