Cracking the Opium Den: Cardiothoracic Manifestations of Drug Abuse

Rachel Blinick, Nathan Chaya, Benjamin Zalta, Linda B. Haramati, Anna Shmukler

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Recreational drug use is increasing worldwide, with emergency room visits and total deaths from drug overdose rising in recent years. Complications from prescription and recreational drug use may result from the biochemical effects of the drugs themselves, impurities mixed with substances, or from causes related to the method of drug administration. The presentation of drug overdose may be complex due to multisubstance abuse, including cigarette smoking and alcoholism, and can impact any organ system. Patients may present without history, and radiologists may be the first clinicians to suggest the diagnosis. We aim to explore the cardiothoracic manifestations of drug abuse and their multimodality imaging manifestations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W16-W31
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • cardiothoracic manifestations
  • drug abuse
  • imaging manifestations
  • opioid epidemic
  • pulmonary manifestations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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