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Coma due to cannabis toxicity in an infant

Appelboam, Andrewa; Oades, Patrick J.b

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: June 2006 - Volume 13 - Issue 3 - pp 177-179
doi: 10.1097/01.mej.0000194405.38206.f2
Short Reports

In young children, cannabis ingestion resulting in coma is very rare. Only nine cases have been reported in the literature and most have occurred in inquisitive toddlers. We review the cases to date and report the youngest recorded case of coma due to cannabis ingestion in an 11-month-old girl. This case highlights the importance of considering toxicological causes and the parental recreational drug history in young children who present with an altered level of consciousness. Child protection considerations are also discussed.

Department of aEmergency Medicine

bPaediatrics, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon, UK

Correspondence and requests for reprints to Dr Andrew Appelboam, C/o Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 5DW, UK

E-mail: appel@doctors.org.uk

Received 30 September 2005 Accepted 1 November 2005

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.