Neurologic Manifestations of Chronic Methamphetamine Abuse

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Abstract

Methamphetamine abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The repetitive use of methamphetamine causes massive and sustained elevations in central monoamines. These elevations, particularly in dopamine, can cause changes in the function of the central nervous system that can manifest as a variety of neurologic disorders. This article focuses on these disorders, such as neurocognitive disorders and mental illness, including drug-induced psychosis; motor disorders, including the possible risk of Parkinson's disease, the development of choreoathetoid movements, and punding; and changes in the physical appearance of the methamphetamine users, including dental caries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-655
Number of pages15
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

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Methamphetamine
Neurologic Manifestations
Substance-Induced Psychoses
Dental Caries
Nervous System Diseases
Parkinson Disease
Dopamine
Central Nervous System

Keywords

  • Choreoathetoid
  • Formication
  • Methamphetamine abuse
  • Parkinson's
  • Psychosis
  • Punding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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Neurologic Manifestations of Chronic Methamphetamine Abuse. / Rusyniak, Daniel.

In: Neurologic Clinics, Vol. 29, No. 3, 08.2011, p. 641-655.

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