Skin and Soft Tissue Infections and Vascular Disease among Drug Users, England

C Irish, RC Maxwell, M Dancox, P Brown, CL Trotter, J Verne, M Shaw

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Abstract

To the Editor: The injecting of illicit drugs is associated with skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) and vascular disease. These conditions include the development of cutaneous abscess and cellulitis at injection sites, from subcutaneous or intramuscular injecting, known as skin and muscle popping, and intravenous injecting. Intravenous injection is associated with phlebitis or thrombophlebitis, in which the vein may become infected. Inadvertent arterial injection, particularly when attempting to inject into the femoral vein, that is, "groin injecting," may cause arterial pseudoaneurysm.
Translated title of the contributionSkin and Soft Tissue Infections and Vascular Disease among Drug Users, England
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1510 - 1511
Number of pages1
JournalEmerg Infect Dis
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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