chasing the dragon
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Prognosis 25% mortality
Less commonly, the term refers to female heroin addicts who prostitute themselves for the next fix
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chasing the dragonDragon chasing Substance abuse Inhalation of heated heroin–or crack, associated with progressive spongiform leukoencephalopathy Clinical progressive bradykinesia, ataxia, slurred speech, abulia, decorticate posture, spasticity, quadriplegia, dysmetria, broad-based gait Imaging MRI—diffuse, symmetric area of white matter hyperintensity, most prominent in the cerebellum; posterior brain, splenium of the corpus callosum, and posterior limb of internal capsule Management None Prognosis 25% mortality. See Cocaine, Heroin.
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