Digital Hand Embolization as a Complication of Substance Abuse

J Invasive Cardiol. 2020 May;32(5):E135.


Intra-arterial injection of recreational substances and drugs is less well described in the literature. It carries a risk for hand ischemia and embolization to the hand digits and ultimately amputation.

Keywords: digital arterial embolization; drug abuse; peripheral imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Fingers
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Arterial
  • Ischemia
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous* / complications
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / complications
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / diagnosis