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Marijuana lung: radiological, macroscopic and histopathological triptych

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A. Van Goethem,

Antwerp University Hospital - University of Antwerp, BE
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Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
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H. Neels,

University of Antwerp, BE
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Toxicology Laboratory
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A. Van Hoyweghen,

Antwerp University Hospital, BE
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Department of Radiology
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W. Jacobs

Antwerp University Hospital - University of Antwerp, BE
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Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

 

Military Hospital Queen Astrid, Neder-over-Heembeek, Belgium

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Abstract

“Marijuana lung” refers to a radiological-pathological entity of apical (bullous) paraseptal emphysema in persons who regularly smoke cannabis. We describe a post-mortem case of a drowned young man in whom apical bullous emphysema was seen on post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) as an incidental finding. Histopathology confirmed the existence of apical paraseptal emphysema. Toxicology, including hair analysis, confirmed that he was a chronic cannabis user. As such this case report can be supportive of the association between chronic cannabis use and the development of paraseptal emphysema.
How to Cite: Van Goethem, A., Neels, H., Van Hoyweghen, A. and Jacobs, W., 2021. Marijuana lung: radiological, macroscopic and histopathological triptych. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 12(1), pp.29–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v12i1.7855
Published on 25 May 2021.
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