Streptococcus Milleri and Complex Groin Abscesses in Intravenous Drug Abusers

D. M. Hemingway, A. E. Balfour, A. C. Mccartney, D. P. Leiberman

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Intravenous drug abuse is an increasing problem. Septic complications occur frequently at the injection site, especially in the groin where large abscesses around the femoral vessels can threaten life or limb. We report four patients with extensive or complex groin abscesses following attempted self-injection into the femoral vein. Streptococcus milleri was cultured from all of these abscesses and prompted a review of the isolation of this organism in this hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-117
Number of pages2
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • drug abuse
  • groin injections
  • Streptococcus milleri


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