Methamphetamine has been linked to a range of complications that can cause intense abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. A long-term heavy user of crystal meth was treated for life-threatening rectal bleeding with a transcatheter occlusion of the affected arteries. The bleeding vessels were identified as vulnerable submucosal arteries, which were part of the collateral supply to the distal colon. Visceral arteriography revealed serious arterial stenotic lesions of the celiac axis, the superior mesenteric artery, and the inferior mesenteric artery.
The collateral vessels had a corkscrew morphology similar to that seen in obliterating thromboangiitis. Although crystal meth is cheap and has a powerful effect, it is also highly addictive, dangerous, and can be fatal for many people. This case study focuses on a 44-year-old male patient with abdominal pain and hematochezia who had a history of crystal meth abuse. He was able to tolerate oral intake and had stopped using crystal meth or any other recreational drugs.
Trying to pass a drug test the day after taking methamphetamine is like trying to brush up on a bit of algebra. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and side effects of crystal meth abuse can help you identify if someone you know may be using this dangerous drug. If you or someone you know is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, The Recovery Village is available to help you on your path to recovery. Over the past two decades, illicit methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, has been one of the largest and most dangerous drug epidemics in the United States.