Emergency department presentation of cocaine intoxication

Robert W. Derlet, Timothy E Albertson

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All patients who presented to the emergency department as a result of cocaine intoxication during a one-year period were reviewed retrospectively. One hundred thirty-seven cases were reviewed. Patients presented with a wide variety of chief complaints including altered mental status (40%), chest pain (21%), syncope (19%), suicide attempt (13%), palpitations (12%), and seizures (12%), as well as numerous other complaints. There was only one death. Few patients required treatment within the ED; sixteen required hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989


  • cocaine, intoxication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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