Pulmonary embolization of needle fragments resulting from intravenous drug abuse

Douglas D. Brunette, David W. Plummer

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Abstract

We present two case reports of central embolization of needle fragments as a complication of intravenous drug abuse. In both cases the needle embolization occurred from a peripheral venous site to the right distal pulmonary vasculature. No attempts at removal were made. No complications developed as a result of these needle emboli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1988

Keywords

  • Drug abuse
  • foreign body
  • needle embolus

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