Vascular complications related to drug abuse

Richard A. Yeager, Robert W. Hobson, Frank T. Padberg, Thomas G. Lynch, Mira Chakravarty

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Vascular complications resulting from drug abuse constitute a widespread and common clinical problem. A 3-year experience with 32 vascular complications (13 arterial, 19 venous) related to intravenous drug abuse is reported. Fourteen (48%) of the 29 patients in this series presented with septic vascular complications. These infections were a major cause of morbidity and mortality, resulting in two hospital deaths and a disrupted arterial repair. In addition, intra-arterial drug injection caused digital gangrene in two patients. Early recognition, diagnostic arteriography and venography, and planned therapeutic interventions are possible if a high level of suspicion is maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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