Needle embolus: a unique complication of intravenous drug abuse

Annals of Emergency Medicine
T D Lewis, D A Henry

Abstract

We report a unique complication of intravenous drug abuse, central embolization of a needle from a peripheral site. A heroin addict dislodged a needle into the soft tissues of the forearm during self injection. Immediate surgical attempts to visualize and remove the needle were unsuccessful. On a subsequent admission, chest radiograph showed the needle in the right mid-lung field. No attempt at removal was made.

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