ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Research Article

Ataxia Which Develops Due to Freeze Spray Abuse: A Case Study

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Mehmet Demir (MD., PhD), Erenkoy Training and Research Hospital for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Department of Neurology, Sinan Ercan Caddesi, No: 29, Kadikoy Istanbul 34736 Turkey

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Betül Özdilek (MD., PhD), Erenkoy Training and Research Hospital for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Department of Neurology, Sinan Ercan Caddesi, No: 29, Kadikoy Istanbul 34736 Turkey

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Füsun Mayda Domaç (MD., PhD), Erenkoy Training and Research Hospital for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Department of Neurology, Sinan Ercan Caddesi, No: 29, Kadikoy Istanbul 34736 Turkey

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Mustafa Ülker (MD., PhD), Erenkoy Training and Research Hospital for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Department of Neurology, Sinan Ercan Caddesi, No: 29, Kadikoy Istanbul 34736 Turkey

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Gülay Kenangil (MD., PhD), Erenkoy Training and Research Hospital for Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Department of Neurology, Sinan Ercan Caddesi, No: 29, Kadikoy Istanbul 34736 Turkey

Addicta 2015; 2: 116-121
DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2015.2.2.0001
Read: 84 Downloads: 96 Published: 30 October 2015

Inhalant abuse is a common occurrence and is facilitated by the widespread availability of volatile solvents with legitimate commercial and household uses. Freeze sprays containing chlorinated hydrocarbons such as ethyl chloride are commonly abused by either sniffing directly from containers or huffing from paper or plastic bags that have been sprayed into. Most inhalants are central nervous system (CNS) depressants. This study presents the case of a 24-year-old woman who was diagnosed with changes in her mental status, cerebellar signs, and gait deficit after the inhalation of a refrigerant containing ethyl chloride. 

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