From a pounding heart to sweating palms, cocaine is known to come with a range of side-effects.
But a new study has shed light on the terrifying effects that the drug can also have on your brain.
A new case in BMJ Case Reports has revealed MRI scans of one man’s brain following years of cocaine use, in which much of the white matter has been ‘eaten away.’
The 45-year-old man attended the emergency room at Mater Dei Hospital in the Maltese city of Msida after becoming confused and displaying unusual behaviour.
The MRI scans of one man’s brain following years of cocaine use, in which much of the white matter has been ‘eaten away’.
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Dr Ylenia Abdilla, the doctor who treated him, said: “The patient was not cooperative, unable to perform simple tasks and was not following commands. He was moving all four limbs in purposeful movement.”
While blood tests came back normal, MRI scans of the man’s brain revealed that large parts of his white matter appeared to have been ‘eaten away’.
This suggested that the man had leucoencephalopathy – a disease of the white matter of the brain.