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Brain Stroke in Adolescent Males Associated With Acute Marijuana Use

Cerebellar Infarction in Adolescent Males Associated With Acute Marijuana Use

Thomas Geller, MD*‡, Laura Loftis, MD‡, David S. Brink, MD§

Journal Reference:  PEDIATRICS Vol. 113 No. 4 April 1, 2004, pp. e365 -e370

Link to complete article:   http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/113/4/e365.short

WTR-RI Research Team Note:

This study involves a review of 3 instances of marijuana related stroke in adolescent males who had used marijuana prior to the event.  Two resulted in death and the third resulted in permanently impacted mobility.  The author’s conclusions include the observation that “Episodic marijuana use may represent a risk factor for stroke in childhood, particularly in the posterior circulation. Early recognition of the cerebellar stroke syndrome may allow prompt neurosurgical intervention, reducing morbidity.”

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