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Acute heroin intoxication in a baby chronically exposed to cocaine and heroin: a case report

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dc.contributor.author Joya, Xavier
dc.contributor.author Fríguls, Bibiana
dc.contributor.author Simó, Marta
dc.contributor.author Civit, Ester
dc.contributor.author Torre Fornell, Rafael de la
dc.contributor.author Palomeque, Antonio
dc.contributor.author Vall Combelles, Oriol
dc.contributor.author Pichini, Simona
dc.contributor.author García Algar, Oscar
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-21T13:51:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-21T13:51:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Joya X, Fríguls B, Simó M, Civit E, de la Torre R, Palomeque A et al. Acute heroin intoxication in a baby chronically exposed to cocaine and heroin: a case report. Journal of medical case reports. 2011; 5: 288. DOI 10.1186/1752-1947-5-288
dc.identifier.issn 1752-1947
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/25490
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: Acute intoxication with drugs of abuse in children is often only the tip of the iceberg, actually hiding chronic exposure. Analysis using non-conventional matrices such as hair can provide long-term information about exposure to recreational drugs. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a one-month-old Caucasian boy admitted to our pediatric emergency unit with respiratory distress and neurological abnormalities. A routine urine test was positive for opiates, suggesting an acute opiate ingestion. No other drugs of misuse, such as cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines or derivatives, were detected in the baby's urine. Subsequently, hair samples from the baby and the parents were collected to evaluate the possibility of chronic exposure to drug misuse by segmental analysis. Opiates and cocaine metabolites were detected in hair samples from the baby boy and his parents. CONCLUSIONS: In light of these and previous results, we recommend hair analysis in babies and children from risky environments to detect exposure to heroin and other drug misuse, which could provide the basis for specific social and health interventions.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of medical case reports. 2011; 5: 288
dc.rights © Joya X, Fríguls B, Simó M, Civit E, de la Torre R, Palomeque A et al. Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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dc.subject.other Drogoaddicció -- Aspectes fisiològics
dc.subject.other Heroïnomania
dc.subject.other Infants nadons -- Malalties
dc.title Acute heroin intoxication in a baby chronically exposed to cocaine and heroin: a case report
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dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-5-288
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