Needle Pulmonary Embolism in an Intravenous Drug User; A Case Report
AbstractNeedle embolization in intravenous drug users to the lung is rarely
reported in the literature. The management of these patients is
controversial. We presented a male patient aged 33-year-old who
presented with a broken needle in the left arm after trial of self-drug
injection. During the trial to retrieve the needle, the needle embolized
to the lung. Chest X-ray showed the needle in the right lower lobe, and
the chest CT scan confirmed the diagnosis. The patient complained of
non-specific right-side chest pain that was controlled with analgesics.
The patient was managed conservatively and was discharged on
antiplatelet therapy. After the 6-month follow-up, the patient was
asymptomatic with no complication.