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[Accidental cannabis poisoning in children: report of four cases in a tertiary care center from southern Spain].

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Cannabis is the most frequently consumed illicit substance in Spain. Pediatric accidental cannabis poisoning is an uncommon but life-threatening intoxication.

OBJECTIVE

To describe clinical findings, diagnosis and management of children with accidental cannabis poisoning in a tertiary care pediatric hospital. We report four patients with accidental cannabis poisoning. Clinical presentation included reduced level of consciousness, drowsiness, ataxia, tremble, apnea, hypotonia, and seizures. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected by urine screening for cannabinoids and other toxic substances in all cases. The four patients were treated with supportive care. All cases recovered uneventfully and were discharged within 24 hours of admission.

CONCLUSION

The possibility of cannabis poisoning should be considered in cases of unexplained acute onset of neurological findings in previously healthy children.

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    Unidad de Gestión Clínica de Cuidados Críticos y Urgencias, Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, España. lourinho_man@hotmail.com

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    Source

    Archivos argentinos de pediatria 109:1 2011 Feb pg 4-7

    MeSH

    Cannabis
    Child, Preschool
    Female
    Health Facilities
    Humans
    Infant
    Male
    Poisoning
    Spain

    Pub Type(s)

    English Abstract
    Journal Article

    Language

    spa

    PubMed ID

    21283933

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    TY - JOUR T1 - [Accidental cannabis poisoning in children: report of four cases in a tertiary care center from southern Spain]. AU - Croche Santander,Borja, AU - Alonso Salas,María Teresa, AU - Loscertales Abril,Mercedes, PY - 2010/07/29/received PY - 2010/09/14/accepted PY - 2011/2/2/entrez PY - 2011/2/2/pubmed PY - 2011/6/17/medline SP - 4 EP - 7 JF - Archivos argentinos de pediatria JO - Arch Argent Pediatr VL - 109 IS - 1 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Cannabis is the most frequently consumed illicit substance in Spain. Pediatric accidental cannabis poisoning is an uncommon but life-threatening intoxication. OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical findings, diagnosis and management of children with accidental cannabis poisoning in a tertiary care pediatric hospital. We report four patients with accidental cannabis poisoning. Clinical presentation included reduced level of consciousness, drowsiness, ataxia, tremble, apnea, hypotonia, and seizures. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected by urine screening for cannabinoids and other toxic substances in all cases. The four patients were treated with supportive care. All cases recovered uneventfully and were discharged within 24 hours of admission. CONCLUSION: The possibility of cannabis poisoning should be considered in cases of unexplained acute onset of neurological findings in previously healthy children. SN - 1668-3501 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21283933/abstract/[Accidental_cannabis_poisoning_in_children:_report_of_four_cases_in_a_tertiary_care_center_from_southern_Spain]_ L2 - http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0325-00752011000100016&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -