The athletic polydrug abuse phenomenon. A case report

J. A. Hill, J. R. Suker, K. Sachs, C. Brigham

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A case of a power weight lifter who is ingesting large doses of anabolic steroids plus other drugs to counteract their short-term side effects is presented. This type of polydrug abuse phenomenon which is unique to the competitive athlete is widespread despite the lack of convincing evidence that anabolic steroids increase muscular strength. The vast extent of this drug abuse problem is poorly appreciated by the general medical community. The potential complications of the long-term usage of these drugs such as liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma, and peliosis hepatitis make these drugs extremely dangerous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-271
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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