6 May 2016
The first Australian case of the rare condition Cannabis
Arteritis has been diagnosed and treated when a 26-year-old male
presented to a doctor with lower limb ischaemia, surgeons meeting
in Brisbane for their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were
Cannabis Arteritis is a condition caused by long term daily
cannabis use that results in lesions growing on arteries. While it
is a rare condition, it can culminate in lower limb amputation.
The detail of the condition was presented by Dr David Soon at
the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) convention
running in Brisbane this week.
Further investigations revealed a stenosis in the superficial
femoral artery. The patient was successfully treated with balloon
angioplasty and commenced life-long aspirin.
A systematic review was undertaken to determine details on the
condition. It was found that prevalence is higher among the male
population, and the majority presented with necrotic wounds on
"Although this is a rare condition, this illness should be known
and made aware to physicians around the Australia," Dr Soon
"One important observation from these cases is that the patient
has better prognosis upon cessation of cannabis consumption."
"Due to the increase in cannabis usage and the legalisation of
medicinal cannabis, awareness of this condition is important and
may become a growing problem in the future."
More than a thousand surgeons from the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons as well as international surgeons from the
Royal College of Surgeons of England are gathering at the Brisbane
Convention and Exhibition Centre this week for a series of
workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses across a broad
range of surgical issues.
The conference brings together some of the country's leading
medical and surgical minds, this year focusing on the theme of
surgery, technology and communication.
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