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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2017, Article ID 9762803, 3 pages
Case Report

Paralytic Ileus Secondary to Methamphetamine Abuse: A Rare Case

1School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0SP, UK
2Department of General Surgery, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Kempston Road, Bedford MK42 9DJ, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Mark Aidan McKelvie; moc.liamg@eivlekcmkram

Received 3 June 2017; Accepted 7 August 2017; Published 31 August 2017

Academic Editor: Gabriel Sandblom

Copyright © 2017 Mark Aidan McKelvie and Yuksel Gercek. 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.


Methamphetamine hydrochloride, colloquially referred to as “crystal meth,” is a potent psychoactive amphetamine derivate. Methamphetamine produces stimulant effects in the user including increased energy and alertness as well as inducing intense euphoric symptoms and suppressing appetite through its dopaminergic, serotonergic, and adrenergic actions. Use of methamphetamine can adversely affect cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal physiology leading to significant morbidity. We present a rare case of paralytic ileus secondary to methamphetamine abuse which has only once before been described in the literature.