Ecstasy causes burst spinal artery aneurysm

Scientists have found yet another good reason to avoid the party drug ecstasy, with research showing it can lead to a potentially fatal weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery.

Ecstasy, otherwise known as MDMA, is already linked severe systemic and neurological complications including stroke, vasculitis and internal brain bleeds.

Posterior spinal artery aneurysms may be rare – with only 12 reported cases to date – but doctors in the UK recently discovered one of these aneurysms in a previously healthy teenager who had taken ecstasy.

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