PMID: 3805696Jan 1, 1986Paper

Needle emboli to lung following intravenous drug abuse

The Journal of Emergency Medicine
M G AngelosP R Zych


Presented is the case of a 36-year-old man using central venous sites for injection of street drugs. X-ray study revealed numerous retained subcutaneous needles as well as a needle that had embolized to the lung periphery. This represents, to the best of our knowledge, a previously unreported complication of central venous injection of street drugs.


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