Register for citation alerts
"Needle fragments are possible causes of local symptoms among PWIDs. The clinical examination presents a potential risk of needlestick injury to the examiner, especially because patients may not be aware of all needle fragments as some are asymptomatic" Laukkala et al (2022).
Retention of needle fragment

Abstract:

Background: Subcutaneously retained needle fragments in people who inject drugs (PWIDs) are a possible cause of local symptoms, most commonly pain and infections. It remains unknown how common retained needle fragments are among PWIDs.

Case presentation: A young PWID consulted a primary care physician due to chronic left-sided groin pain. The patient suspected retention of a broken needle as the cause. She had used a re-used needle 3 months earlier. A plain pelvic radiograph confirmed a needle fragment in the patient’s left groin, and a computed tomography scan located it adjacent to the femoral artery and vein. Another asymptomatic needle fragment was found in the right groin.

Conclusion: Needle fragments are possible causes of local symptoms among PWIDs. The clinical examination presents a potential risk of needlestick injury to the examiner, especially because patients may not be aware of all needle fragments as some are asymptomatic.

Reference:

Laukkala H, Arponen O, Murto MO, Nevalainen OP. Chronic unilateral groin pain in a young patient who injects drugs: a case report of needle fragment retentions. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2022 May 13;17(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s13722-022-00309-2. PMID: 35562787.