Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Levamisole associated ANCA vasculitis

Here is an abstract from SHM 2014 containing a case presentation and brief discussion of ANCA positive vasculitis associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine. Levamisole is one of several culprit drugs (see here). Once thought of as a drug induced “false positive ANCA” it is now widely recognized that the problem can involve a fully developed vasculitis, the management of which may require more than just stopping the offending drug, as illustrated in the abstract.

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