Unrecognized 'crack' cocaine abuse in pregnancy

D. Campbell*, M. J. A. Parr, L. E. Shutt

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We report a case of 'crack' cocaine abuse in a pregnant patient associated with haematuria, proteinuria, haemolytic anaemia, renal impairment, thrombocytopenia and pulmonary oedema. The case illustrates the problems for clinicians where unrecognized cocaine abuse interferes with the diagnosis and management of a complicated pregnancy. In addition, we discuss the principles for the safe conduct of anaesthesia in the pregnant cocaine abuser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-555
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Anaesthesia, obstetric
  • Complications, cocaine abuse
  • Pregnancy


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