• April 9, 2018

Be alert for clinical signs of the use of synthetic cannabinoids

Chicago Dental Society members are being asked by the Illinois Department of Public Health to be on the alert for patients showing some of the clinical signs of the use of synthetic cannabinoids that includes bleeding of the gums.

Since March 7, 89 cases of severe bleeding have been reported to state health officials of people using material prior to illness.

Signs include bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding of the gums and bleeding out of proportion to injury.

Patients who have used synthetics cannabinoids may have complications or experience excessive bleeding after tooth extraction and other dental procedures, according to the alert.

Patients with significant bleeding without definitive etiologies should be referred to an emergency clinic.

Dentists are urged to consider screening patients for synthetic cannabinoid use or recent unexplained bleeding.

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