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Is arm amputation necessary sometimes after intravenous drug use?
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Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Surgery - Hand Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sometimes the addict accidentally injects an artery t hereby causing it to clot.
This can yield immediate severe pain and eventual gangrene. Sadly, there is no way to reverse this damage -- no operation, no medicine, no therapy. The only thing to be decided is how much is amputated -- fingers, hand, wrist or forearm.

In brief: Yes
Sometimes the addict accidentally injects an artery t hereby causing it to clot.
This can yield immediate severe pain and eventual gangrene. Sadly, there is no way to reverse this damage -- no operation, no medicine, no therapy. The only thing to be decided is how much is amputated -- fingers, hand, wrist or forearm.
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Fascinating. Great info.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
If an infection sets in amputation may be necessary to save the person's life.
If clots are present it might b e needed too.

In brief: Sometimes
If an infection sets in amputation may be necessary to save the person's life.
If clots are present it might b e needed too.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
In brief: YES
Yes.

In brief: YES
Yes.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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