Necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis associated with cocaine use

Elie Gertner, Dave Hamlar

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Cocaine abuse may be associated with a destructive nasal and pharyngeal process felt to be due to ischemia secondary to vasoconstriction. This report is the first to document a necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis associated with nasal destruction and an oronasal fistula in a chronic cocaine user. Cocaine is an environmental insult that may play a role in triggering cerebral and non-cerebral vasculitis including a necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis of the respiratory tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1795-1797
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Cocaine
  • Granulomatous vasculitis
  • Necrotizing


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