Navigation Links
Synthetic Pot Use Can Mimic Symptoms of Prenatal Disorder
Date:5/7/2013

TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women who use synthetic marijuana during pregnancy can develop symptoms similar to those associated with eclampsia and preeclampsia, according to a new study.

Although women with these serious prenatal conditions get better after delivery, researchers in California pointed out that pregnant women with a drug problem do not.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice Gold," is similar to marijuana, except the easily accessible drug can't be detected with a standard urine drug test. The researchers also cautioned that the effects of this unregulated drug, which is sold legally on the Internet and in herbal stores, are unpredictable.

Dr. Cindy Lee and Dr. Sally Nalesnik, from Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., conducted research involving the case of a pregnant woman who suffered a seizure and appeared agitated. The woman, who told doctors she was about 35 weeks pregnant, had no prenatal care. She also had high blood pressure and protein in her urine, so she was treated for eclampsia. Since the baby was in distress and the only cure for this potentially fatal condition is delivery, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section.

The researchers noted that the baby girl, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, screened negative for drugs. The day after delivery, however, the woman had not recovered and needed psychiatric intervention for psychotic behavior.

"This was an interesting yet confusing presentation," Lee said in a news release. "We wanted to report it so in the future if something similar came up, it would be in the literature and physicians could refer to it."

Additional lab work revealed that the woman, who screened negative for drugs, had very low potassium levels. An anonymous caller, however, informed her doctors that the woman regularly smoked Spice Gold.

"This was not a pregnancy problem but a drug problem," Lee said. "Eclampsia is cured with delivery of the baby, but she did not get better after delivery."

The researchers concluded that obstetricians and gynecologists need to be aware of emerging drugs and consider them when making diagnoses. "I've been surprised when people tell me what they're on," Lee said. "If a patient tells me she's on X, Y or Z, I'll believe it. If she tells me she's not on X, Y or Z, then I know that may not be true."

The study was to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in New Orleans. Research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse provides more information on synthetic marijuana.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, news release, May 7, 2013.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Fluoride Treatment of Synthetic Bio-material Assists Dental Bone Regeneration
2. Temple scientists weaken HIV infection in immune cells using synthetic agents
3. 16 Cases of Kidney Damage in 6 States From Synthetic Pot: CDC
4. Synthetic Marijuana Use Linked to Kidney Damage
5. Synthetic circuit allows dialing gene expression up or down in human cells
6. Synthetic corkscrew peptide kills antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria
7. Strange behavior: New study exposes living cells to synthetic protein
8. Synthetic Pot Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report
9. Probiotic Action Issues a Response to an Article on Medical News Today About Synthetic Skin Research
10. Researchers build synthetic membrane channels out of DNA
11. Synthetic Skin Heals Itself With a Touch, Study Shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Synthetic Pot Use Can Mimic Symptoms of Prenatal Disorder
(Date:6/20/2017)... , ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... help content solutions for the enterprise, is proud to announce Touchpoints ... e-commerce, ticketing systems, company websites, and more to provide a seamless customer experience. ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... ... As a leading dental practice, Wall Centre Dental supports Stroke Awareness Month ... bleeding gums in Vancouver, BC, may be developing gingivitis, the first stage of ... and diabetes. Drs. Parviz Roshan, Siamak Tehrani and Milton Reskovich offer laser gum therapy ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 ... ... Innovation’s (IPI) Clinical Innovation Catalyst program focused on finding product improvements ... have tubes placed in their throats when they need help breathing or to ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... Flex, a new scrub collection featuring seven new products designed to create tailored looks ... a mixture of polyester and cotton easy care stretch twill. , With trendy looks ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... 2017 Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism Award during the ... Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12-15. , The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF) was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/10/2017)... K. Burchfield, DPM, is recognized by Continental Who,s Who as a ... Alabama . Dr. Burchfield serves as ... over 20 years of experience, as well as expertise in the ... "The podiatry professional ... to welcome you to his practice," the company,s website states. "We ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017   Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s ... of singer Chris Cornell in May, the mental ... a free online psychiatric drug side effects ... about psychotropic drug risks. The father of ... an accidental overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... URBANDALE, Iowa , June 6, 2017  Diplomat Specialty Infusion ... a sterile compounding environment to its Iowa ... Urbandale now features an ISO 7 cleanroom—the ... a controlled environment with a low level of pollutants. ... serve more IV nutrition consumers and better serve our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: