Keywords: nitrous oxide abuse, neurologic findings, physical exam (PubMed Search)
Posted: 8/13/2020 by Hong Kim, MD, MPH
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What physical exam findings are associated with nitrous oxide abuse?
Nitrous oxide (NO) inhalation abuse, also called “whip-its” or “whippets”, inactivates vitamin B12 and create a vitamin B12 deficiency state. Chronic abuse of nitrous oxide can result in neurologic deficits/findings affecting the posterior/dorsal column of the spinal cord.
Physical exam findings:
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