Emergency Radiology

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 183–194 | Cite as

The “Pocket shot”: Complications of intravenous drug abuse

  • Kathleen A. McCarroll
  • Myer H. Roszler
  • Kent R. Donovan
Original Article


Intravenous drug users frequently resort to supraclavicular injection for central venous access. Few reports of complications associated with the “pocket shot” have appeared in the radiologic literature. This paper defines the anatomy of the “pocket” and presents the radiographic manifestations of complications associated with this practice.

Key Words

Drugs, abuse Neck Aneurysm, mycotic Abscess Osteomyelitis Pneumothorax 


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© American Society of Emergency Radiology 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen A. McCarroll
    • 1
  • Myer H. Roszler
    • 1
  • Kent R. Donovan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyWayne State University, Detroit Receiving HospitalDetroit

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