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Article
October 1973

The Acutely Swollen Hand in the Drug User

Author Affiliations

San Diego, Calif
From the University Hospital of San Diego County and Division of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical School.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(4):548-551. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350220032008
Abstract

Today's physician, seeing patients with a nontraumatic acutely swollen hand, must consider the possibility of drug abuse. The hand problem may be infection, Volkmann ischemia, skin bullae due to barbiturate overdose, or endarteritis due to intra-arterial injection. Cases illustrating the spectrum of drug-related acute hand problems seen in a county hospital and reported in the literature are presented.

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