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Necrotizing cellulitis of the scrotum: a new complication of heroin addiction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6467982     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A drug addict experienced a necrotizing cellulitis of his scrotum and medial thigh after an injection of heroin into his left femoral artery. It is proposed that the arterial injection was directly responsible for producing the low tissue oxygen tension necessary for the synergistic growth of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria responsible for skin necrosis. The patient responded to wide surgical debridement and antibiotic therapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of necrotizing cellulitis associated with the intra-arterial injection of heroin.
P C Alguire
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cutis     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0011-4162     ISO Abbreviation:  Cutis     Publication Date:  1984 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-10-01     Completed Date:  1984-10-01     Revised Date:  2013-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006440     Medline TA:  Cutis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bacterial Infections
Cellulitis / etiology*,  pathology
Heroin Dependence / complications*
Injections, Intra-Arterial / adverse effects
Scrotum / pathology*

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