spongiform leukoencephalopathy


spongiform leukoencephalopathy
a complication sometimes seen after inhaling vapors of preheated heroin. Pathologically there is demyelination and vacuolization of white matter of the brain, with symptoms including confusion, apathy, and motor restlessness; some patients progress to coma and death.

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