Cutaneous Complications of Intravenous Drug Abuse

P. Del Giudice


The British Journal of Dermatology. 2004;150(1) 

In This Article


The skin is the tissue most evidently affected by intravenous drug addiction. Indirect skin manifestations caused by injection abuse cannot be reported in detail in this review. They would include those related to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, viral hepatitis and other pathogens; cutaneous stigmata of drug-induced coma; and various traumatic injuries: those related to psychological troubles (suicide scars), social deficiency, alcohol, violence and accidents.[128] The spectrum of cutaneous manifestations is increasing as much as the number of drugs available for abuse increases. It is important to develop and evaluate drug substitution and educational programmes in order to reduce these complications.

CLICK HERE for subscription information about this journal.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.