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Needle Pulmonary Embolism in an Intravenous Drug User; A Case Report
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  • Amr Arafat,
  • Mustafa Rady ,
  • Mohamed Ebrahim ,
  • AHMED ELMAHROUK
Amr Arafat
Tanta University Faculty of Medicine
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Mustafa Rady
Tanta University Faculty of Medicine
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Mohamed Ebrahim
Tanta University Faculty of Medicine
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AHMED ELMAHROUK
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre - Jeddah
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Abstract

Needle 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.