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Severe pulmonary embolism in a young marijuana smoker

Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek, Jolanta Kurosz, Alina Podkowińska, Magdalena Łukasik-Głębocka, Krystyna Zawilska
Kardiol Pol 2011;69(11):1168-1170.

open access

Vol 69, No 11 (2011)
Case studies
Published online: 2011-11-17
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

It is a popular belief, that marijuana smoking is not harmful to health. Some publications, however, suggest its possible association with mental, respiratory and cardiovascular complications, but not with venous thromboembolism. The authors describe a case of severe pulmonary embolism in a mildly obese, 22 year-old marijuana and tobacco smoker. After thrombolysis, rapid haemodynamic improvement was observed, contrary to slow regression of concomitant deep vein thrombosis during anticoagulation with warfarin. Toxycologic assessment of urine cannabinols was positive for two months. In trombophilia screening only moderate hyperhomocysteinaemia (not related to MTHFR C667T polymorphism) was found.
Kardiol Pol 2011; 69, 11: 1168–1170

Abstract

It is a popular belief, that marijuana smoking is not harmful to health. Some publications, however, suggest its possible association with mental, respiratory and cardiovascular complications, but not with venous thromboembolism. The authors describe a case of severe pulmonary embolism in a mildly obese, 22 year-old marijuana and tobacco smoker. After thrombolysis, rapid haemodynamic improvement was observed, contrary to slow regression of concomitant deep vein thrombosis during anticoagulation with warfarin. Toxycologic assessment of urine cannabinols was positive for two months. In trombophilia screening only moderate hyperhomocysteinaemia (not related to MTHFR C667T polymorphism) was found.
Kardiol Pol 2011; 69, 11: 1168–1170
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Keywords

pulmonary embolism; venous thromboembolism; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol

About this article
Title

Severe pulmonary embolism in a young marijuana smoker

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 69, No 11 (2011)

Pages

1168-1170

Published online

2011-11-17

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2011;69(11):1168-1170.

Keywords

pulmonary embolism
venous thromboembolism
marijuana
tetrahydrocannabinol

Authors

Waldemar Elikowski
Małgorzata Małek
Jolanta Kurosz
Alina Podkowińska
Magdalena Łukasik-Głębocka
Krystyna Zawilska

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