Recurrent corneal ulcerations associated with smokeable methamphetamine abuse

R. S. Chuck, J. M. Williams, M. A. Goldberg, A. J. Lubniewski

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Abstract

PURPOSE: We studied a case of chronic, recurrent, bilateral, corneal ulcerations associated with smokeable methamphetamine abuse, commonly known as 'ice,' in an otherwise healthy 31-year-old woman. METHODS: Every few months the patient had recurrent corneal ulcerations. Each time, she was hospitalized and treated successfully with topical antibiotics. RESULTS: Even though she had undergone numerous formal attempts at drug rehabilitation, she continued to have relapses, and ulceration recurred only during periods of smokeable methamphetamine abuse. CONCLUSION: Illicit use of smokeable methamphetamine may result in corneal ulceration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-572
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Volume121
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ophthalmology

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