Volume 2005, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


Muscle and peripheral nerve disorders are important complications in intravenous heroin abusers. Rhabdomyolysis and acute lumbosacral plexopathy are important in the differential diagnosis of patients developing muscle weakness in an intensive care unit after intravenous overdoses of heroin. A 25-year-old man developed rhabdomyolysis with neuromuscular involvement, and consistent clinical and electrodiagnostic features of lumbar plexus neuropathy after an intravenous injection of heroin. The improvement occured slowly, over months, in spite of intensive physiotherapy.


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  • Article Type: Case Report
Keyword(s): ComplicationsDiacetylmorphinePlexopathy and substance abuse
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