Vascular complications related to drug abuse

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

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Abstract

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
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1987

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Substance-Related Disorders
Blood Vessels
Intravenous Substance Abuse
Intra-Arterial Injections
Gangrene
Phlebography
Angiography
Morbidity
Mortality
Infection
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Yeager, R. A., Hobson, R. W., Padberg, F. T., Lynch, T. G., & Chakravarty, M. (1987). Vascular complications related to drug abuse. Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 27(3), 305-308. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005373-198703000-00014

Vascular complications related to drug abuse. / Yeager, Richard A.; Hobson, Robert W.; Padberg, Frank T.; Lynch, Thomas G.; Chakravarty, Mira.

In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, Vol. 27, No. 3, 03.1987, p. 305-308.

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Yeager, RA, Hobson, RW, Padberg, FT, Lynch, TG & Chakravarty, M 1987, 'Vascular complications related to drug abuse', Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 305-308. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005373-198703000-00014
Yeager, Richard A. ; Hobson, Robert W. ; Padberg, Frank T. ; Lynch, Thomas G. ; Chakravarty, Mira. / Vascular complications related to drug abuse. In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care. 1987 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 305-308.
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