The “Pocket shot”: Complications of intravenous drug abuse


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.

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McCarroll, K.A., Roszler, M.H. & Donovan, K.R. The “Pocket shot”: Complications of intravenous drug abuse. Emergency Radiology 1, 183–194 (1994).

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Key Words

  • Drugs, abuse
  • Neck
  • Aneurysm, mycotic
  • Abscess
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pneumothorax