Neurological complications of alcohol and misuse of drugs.
The nature of many of the symptoms associated with substance and alcohol use means that patients often present to neurologists. The frequently catastrophic consequences of overlooking these patients makes this an important cause to identify. Here I will discuss various acute and non-acute substance misuse associated presentations, with particular emphasis on the neurology. As neurological sequelae are particularly common in alcohol use, there will be an emphasis on this drug while other substances are included when relevant, extending to the recently notorious 'legal highs'. I hope this review will increase vigilance to the possibility of substance use disorder, and persuade neurologists that they have a role in the detection and treatment of these conditions.
Robert Fergusson Unit, Astley Ainslie Hospital, 133 Grange Loan, Midlothian EH9 2HL, UK. email@example.com
SourcePractical neurology 11:4 2011 Aug pg 206-19
MeSHAlcohol Withdrawal Delirium
Nervous System Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Substance Withdrawal Syndrome
Pub Type(s)Journal Article