Cannabinoid Intoxication in Children: A Challenge in Pediatric Age

  • Sofia Pires Hospital Pediátrico, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra
  • Ana Paula Rocha Serviço de Pediatria, Centro Hospitalar de Leiria
  • Luis Martins Serviço de Pediatria, Centro Hospitalar de Leiria
  • Maria da Conceição Nunes Serviço de Pediatria, Centro Hospitalar de Leiria

Abstract

Cannabinoid intoxication is rare among the paediatric age, and a high level of suspicion is crucial for the diagnosis.

We report two cases of paediatric cannabinoid intoxication that presented with neurologic manifestations (seizure and altered consciousness). Urine toxicological screening was positive for cannabinoids in both cases. The clinical outcome was good with complete recovery, and both children and families were referred for social services evaluation and social risk paediatric consultation. Cannabinoid intoxication should be considered in previously healthy children with acute neurological signs of unknown cause, while also avoiding unnecessary invasive and expensive exams.

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Published
2018-11-06
Section
Case reports