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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 512939, 3 pages
Case Report

Multiple Gastrointestinal Complications of Crack Cocaine Abuse

1School of Graduate Medical Education, Seton Hall University, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
2Department of Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ 07012, USA

Received 9 February 2014; Revised 21 March 2014; Accepted 22 March 2014; Published 15 April 2014

Academic Editor: William B. Silverman

Copyright © 2014 Neal Carlin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cocaine and its alkaloid free base “crack-cocaine” have long since been substances of abuse. Drug abuse of cocaine via oral, inhalation, intravenous, and intranasal intake has famously been associated with a number of medical complications. Intestinal ischemia and perforation remain the most common manifestations of cocaine associated gastrointestinal disease and have historically been associated with oral intake of cocaine. Here we find a rare case of two relatively uncommon gastrointestinal complications of hemorrhage and pancreatitis presenting within a single admission in a chronic crack cocaine abuser.