Amyloidosis secondary to drug abuse and chronic skin suppuration

H. Jacob, C. Charytan, J. H. Rascoff, R. Golden, R. Janis

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Amyloidosis has not been included in the wide spectrum of medical complications associated with drug abuse. Chronic visceral infection is a recognized cause of amyloidosis, but chronic suppuration of the skin is not a well-appreciated cause of this condition. Furthermore, to our knowledge, chronic skin suppuration secondary to parenteral drug abuse has not been reported as a cause for systemic amyloidosis. We report a case in which subcutaneous injections of narcotic tablets led to chronic skin suppuration and systemic amyloidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1151
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978


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