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A 45-year-old female presents with painful lesions on her lower limbs and ears. She is a smoker, and has a history of recreational drug use. Purpuric, necrotic lesions are noted on both lower extremities, in addition to tender purpura on both ears. A biopsy is performed which demonstrates leukocytoclastic vasculitis.
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A common adulterant added to cocaine is a veterinary anthelminthic medication called levamisole. The use of levamisole-contaminated cocaine is associated with distinctive tender purpuric lesions which typically involve the ears, but they can also develop on the cheeks, nose, trunk, and extremities.
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