What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of methamphetamine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: John R Richards, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Order a chest radiograph for patients with pulmonary symptoms or chest trauma.

  • In patients with altered mental status, perform a head CT scan to exclude intracranial bleeding. Such bleeding may be the result of either methamphetamine-induced hypertension or associated head trauma.

  • Patients who are suspected body-packers, body-stuffers, or "parachuters" should undergo abdominal imaging; low-dose CT is considered state-of-the-art for this purpose [63]


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