Volume 7, Number 2, June 2017
|Number of page(s)||3|
|Published online||14 June 2017|
Subcutaneous injection-induced cellulites
Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung
2 Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan
* Corresponding author. Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, No. 2, Yuh-Der Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org (W.-Y. Lin).
Accepted: 18 January 2017
In the hospice ward where patients are in the terminal stages of cancer, it is common practice to give them a subcutaneous injection of pain relievers to reduce their pain and make them more comfortable. Most of these patients are elderly and have low blood pressure or poor veins, which often makes it difficult to inject them because of the calcification at previous injection sites. Thus, subcutaneous injections are a convenient way to maintain analgesia and patient comfort.
Our patient, a 73-year-old aboriginal woman, was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma and peritoneal carcinomatosis in March, 2004. While she was in the inpatient hospice ward, a subcutaneous injection site became infected and localized cellulitis developed. The patient’s quality of life began to decline and her hospice stay was lengthened due to these complications. This case is offered as a reference case of subcutaneous injection complications encountered by elderly patients in hospice care.
Key words: Subcutaneous / Cellulitis
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