An unusual case of cutaneous gangrene

Mahalingam Soundarya, Kumar Ranjith, Bhat Kamalakshi

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Benzathine penicillin is used intramuscularly for the prophylaxis of rheumatic heart disease. We describe here, a child with cutaneous gangrene following an accidental intra-arterial injection of benzathine penicillin in the gluteal area, which was resolved by symptomatic therapy. This is a dangerous but possible adverse effect of this commonly used drug, which can occur due to the practical difficulties which are faced in ruling out intra-arterial injection with this opaque and viscous preparation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1297
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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