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Does a syringe breaking off inside the body require medical attention?

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If a needle part of the syringe breaks off inside your body what do you do?
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Sat, 2 Jun 2018 in Lump
 
 
Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant 24 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It has to be removed

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific.
Noted the history and understood the concerns.
If the needle part of syringe breaks off the outer part is usually visible and can be pulled out.
Such happening per se is very very rare.
If the needle is not seen, X-ray is done and if the needle is present it is removed asap.
How sure are you that this has happened?
Was it visible?
Was the X-ray done?
Please give feedback.
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Follow-up: Does a syringe breaking off inside the body require medical attention? 8 minutes later
Hello
Thank you for the response
When I removed the syringe, the needle was not with it. I checked everywhere and the only place it could be is in my upper left buttock
I am going to go to an emergency department after your advice
Thank you
 
 
Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Most welcome

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