Broken needle in gluteal region following an intramuscular injection: a case report


  • Jagdeep Singh Department of Orthopaedics, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
  • Anoop Kalia Department of Orthopaedics, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
  • Ravinder Kumar Banga Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
  • Anshul Dahuja Department of Orthopaedics, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India



Injection, Needle, Intramuscular


Incidence of broken hypodermic needle in patients has been decreased because of superior manufacturing techniques. Breaking of hypodermic needle after intramuscular injection has been rarely reported. We report a case of broken needle in the gluteal region in a 36 years old woman following an intramuscular injection. Patient arrived in the emergency after 2 days of the episode. Patient was taken for surgery for removal of the needle. Initially attempts for removal of needle were made without use of image intensifier under local anaesthesia, but it failed as it was very difficult to locate the needle. Patient was taken up for surgery under spinal anaesthesia with the use of image intensifier. Broken needle was located and removed. The following case describes the management of broken hypodermic needle and suggests valuable guidelines for minimising the chances of undue complications arising due to needle migration.


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