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Glue sniffing, more commonly called volatile substance abuse (VSA) refers to the deliberate inhalation of volatile solvents, commonly found in adhesives, for the purpose of intoxication. The globally increasing prevalence of glue sniffing suggests that physicians will encounter many such patients some time during their practice. This review with two unusual cases aims to bring current issues related to VSA, such as compounds most commonly abused, the methods of abuse, and its direct effects along with management. Aim is to spread awareness among clinicians and practitioners treating children and adolescent identify and work effectively with young people who are abusing or at risk of abusing volatile substances.
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Author(s): Mangla Sood and Ashwani Sood
volatile substance abuse, adhesives.