Prolonged coma in a child due to hashish ingestion with quantitation of THC metabolites in urine.J Emerg Med 2011; 41(3):e69-71JE
Cannabinoid-containing substances are commonly abused worldwide. Significant toxicity from these substances is uncommon in adults but can result in significant symptoms in children; these symptoms are usually short-lived.
To report a case of prolonged mental status alteration of more than 2 days in a child who ingested hashish.
A 14-month-old child presented comatose to a pediatric emergency department after ingestion of hashish; she did not regain consciousness for more than 48 h. Quantitative testing of the child's urine for a tetrahydrocannabinol metabolite revealed a markedly elevated level, the decline of which coincided with the child's clinical improvement.
Significant ingestion of cannabinoid-containing substances is capable of causing prolonged symptoms (including coma) in children.