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Severe Multi-organ Involvement due to Polysubstance Abuse Including Anabolic Steroids

Deepak S Sharma, Yimeng Zhang, Balaji Ramamurthy, Ahmed Ahmed

Keywords : Anabolic steroids, Drug abuse (including addiction), Drugs in sport, Toxicology

Citation Information : Sharma DS, Zhang Y, Ramamurthy B, Ahmed A. Severe Multi-organ Involvement due to Polysubstance Abuse Including Anabolic Steroids. 2022; 1 (1):35-38.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10089-0008

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Polysubstance abuse is an established rampant problem in the current young generation with advent of easy availability and uncontrolled use of emerging supplements for bodybuilding. Our case report depicts a rapidly progressive multi-organ dysfunction with acute presentation due to polysubstance abuse. This brawny physique young male was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with unusual complaints of shooting pain, paresthesia, and weakness of both lower limbs but massively altered blood parameters. On careful and detailed history taking he was found to be known to consume cannabidiol oil, anabolic steroids, amino acid supplements, cocaine, and alcohol. The key to this case was to keep an eye on suspicious ways of presentation, detailed history, and careful examination. Emphasis on questions the surrounding substance abuse should be an integral part of the history taking process. His organ failures resolved with appropriate treatment during ICU stay to be stepped down toward and later discharged home.

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