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July 1978

Amyloidosis Secondary to Drug Abuse and Chronic Skin Suppuration

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(7):1150-1151. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630320082029

Amyloidosis has not been included in the wide spectrum of medical complications associated with drug abuse. Chronic visceral infection is a recognized cause of amyloidosis, but chronic suppuration of the skin is not a well-appreciated cause of this condition. Furthermore, to our knowledge, chronic skin suppuration secondary to parenteral drug abuse has not been reported as a cause for systemic amyloidosis. We report a case in which subcutaneous injections of narcotic tablets led to chronic skin suppuration and systemic amyloidosis.

(Arch Intern Med 138:1150-1151, 1978)