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MRI changes in chronic crystal methamphetamine abuse
  1. HMMTB Herath1,
  2. Nadiene G Lutchman2,
  3. Mark Jeffries1,
  4. May Saleh3,
  5. Leena Naidu3,
  6. Sunil Wimalaratna1
  1. 1 Consultant Neurologist, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, UK
  2. 2 Neurology Fellow, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, UK
  3. 3 Consultant Radiologist, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr HMMTB Herath, Consultant Neurologist, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, NN16 8UZ, UK; tharukaherath11{at}

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally and approved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally reviewed by Paul Smith, Bristol, UK.

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