WALTER B. SHELLEY, M.D.; E. DORINDA SHELLEY, M.D.; VERONIKA BURMEISTER
The 28-gauge disposable sterile hypodermic needle is used by millions of persons needing insulin therapy. The needle, made of stainless steel, is resistant to bending, is ultrasharp with an asymmetric tribevel point, has a surface coated with silicone or polymer, and makes an invasive treatment seem almost noninvasive. Accidental needle sticks would seem to be the only hazard. However, the present case should remind us that technologic advances may lead to new unsuspected hazards.
The parents of a 3-year-old diabetic girl noted pinpoint blue spots appearing on her arms, thighs, and buttocks at the sites of certain insulin injections (six
SHELLEY WB, SHELLEY ED, BURMEISTER V. Tattoos from Insulin Needles. Ann Intern Med. ;105:549–550. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-4-549
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(4):549-550.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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