Pneumothorax in drug abusers: A complication of internal jugular venous injections

Charlotte Bell, Jonathan Borak, John R. Loeffler

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We report the cases of six patients who suffered pneumothorax following admitted drug injection into the internal jugular vein area. One was treated in the hospital with observation and serial roentgenograms, two were treated with chest tube thoracostomy, and three left the emergency department against medical advice and were lost to follow up. As increasing numbers of parenteral addicts turn to central venous injection sites, this complication is likely to become more common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1983


  • IJV
  • drug abuse, pneumothorax
  • pneumothorax, drug abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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