What is included in the clinical history of suspected cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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The factors addressed below focus on drug use, and supplement elements of the standard medical-history interview. A drug history is indicated in all patients, although it is all too often not obtained; [27] it should be particularly complete in those presenting with drug reactions, acute anxiety, or other psychological problems, as well as in those with acute cardiovascular, pulmonary, or neurologic symptoms.

If the patient is confused or unresponsive, query relatives, friends, or witnesses about antecedent activities, and seizures or syncope. This is crucial, especially if patients are carrying cocaine in their body, because they often have no stigmata of drug abuse.


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