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McCormick, John P and Sharpe, Sophie and Crowley, Karen and Dudley, Alexander and O'Laoi, Ruadhan and Barry, Michael and Owens, Lisa and Doherty, Colin P and Redmond, Janice and Yeung, Sarah-Jane (2022) Nitrous oxide-induced myeloneuropathy: an emerging public health issue. Irish Journal of Medical Science, Early online, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-022-02945-8.

External website: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11845-0...

Increasing use of nitrous oxide as a recreational drug has been reported among young adults in western countries over the past decade. We present two cases of young males presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) of a large urban university hospital in Dublin with progressive neurological dysfunction related to nitrous oxide use. We review the pathophysiology, clinical features and treatment of nitrous oxide neurotoxicity. It is important that clinicians are aware of this evolving public health issue and are able to recognize the clinical features of this rare presentation, which may become more common in Irish EDs and GP surgeries as nitrous oxide abuse becomes more prevalent.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Inhalents and solvents
Intervention Type
Prevention, Harm reduction
12 February 2022
Identification #
Early online

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