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Intravenous amphetamine abuse, primary cerebral mucormycosis, and acquired immunodeficiency.


J Forensic Sci. 1985 Apr;30(2):504-10. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Two intravenous amphetamine abusers had fatal, rapidly progressive cerebral mucormycosis with abscess formation in the presence of absolute lymphopenia. Postmortem examination confirmed the primary nature of the fungal cerebritis, documented by postmortem culture and histology. The clinical and pathologic features of these cases are compared to previously reported occurrences of primary fungal cerebritis (and abscess) among intravenous drug abusers, including cocaine users. Primary fungal cerebritis associated with intravenous abuse of stimulant drugs is discussed as a possible variant of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PATHOLOGY Adult *Amphetamine Brain/PATHOLOGY Brain Abscess/*PATHOLOGY Case Report Female Forensic Medicine Human Male Mucormycosis/*PATHOLOGY Necrosis Substance Abuse/*COMPLICATIONS JOURNAL ARTICLE


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