Amyloidosis secondary to drug abuse and chronic skin suppuration

Arch Intern Med. 1978 Jul;138(7):1150-1.


Amyloidosis has not been included in the wide spectrum of medical complications associated with drug abuse. Chronic visceral infection is a recognized cause of amyloidosis, but chronic suppuration of the skin is not a well-appreciated cause of this condition. Furthermore, to our knowledge, chronic skin suppuration secondary to parenteral drug abuse has not been reported as a cause for systemic amyloidosis. We report a case in which subcutaneous injections of narcotic tablets led to chronic skin suppuration and systemic amyloidosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / chemically induced
  • Amyloidosis / chemically induced*
  • Amyloidosis / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / chemically induced
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Kidney Glomerulus / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Suppuration / chemically induced