Medical Definition of Krokodil

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Krokodil: a street drug from Russia that has been used as a substitute for heroin, according to news reports. It is reported to cause scaling, sores, and a rough appearance to the skin. The drug is reported to be synthesized from materials that one can obtain from pharmacies and home improvement stores; the finished product is injected intravenously. Some of the chemicals used to prepare the drug have apparently caused significant damage to the skin subcutaneous fat.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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