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Crack dancing in the United Kingdom: apropos a video case presentation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17415801     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report an adult patient presenting with choreiform movements 4 days after a large intravenous dose of cocaine. These movements were transitory and they normalized a week after admission. We believe this to be the first video case of acute chorea secondary to cocaine--a phenomenon popularly known as "crack dancing. " Cocaine abuse is associated with a wide range of movement disorders, including dystonia and exacerbation of Tourette's syndrome, multifocal tics, opsoclonus-myoclonus, choreiform movements, and stereotyped behavior known as "punding." Transient choreiform movements with a typical duration of 2 to 6 days are recognized by cocaine abusers themselves as crack dancing, but are infrequently reported. We present a video report of a patient with cocaine dependency and choreiform movements that normalized within a week of admission.
Shankar Kamath; Nin Bajaj
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0885-3185     ISO Abbreviation:  Mov. Disord.     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-30     Completed Date:  2007-09-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610688     Medline TA:  Mov Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1190-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Care of the Elderly Medicine, Derby Royal Infirmary, Nottingham, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Chorea / diagnosis,  etiology*
Crack Cocaine*
Great Britain
Middle Aged
Substance Abuse, Intravenous / complications*
Videotape Recording*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Crack Cocaine

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