An Unusual Case of Cutaneous Gangrene 1295-1297
Mahalingam Soundarya, Assistant Professor,
Department of Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College Hospital,
Attavara, Mangalore. Pin 575001
Benzathine penicillin is used intramuscularly for the prophylaxis of rheumatic heart disease. We describe here, a child with cutaneous gangrene following an accidental intra-arterial injection of benzathine penicillin in the gluteal area, which was resolved by symptomatic therapy. This is a dangerous but possible adverse effect of this commonly used drug, which can occur due to the practical difficulties which are faced in ruling out intra-arterial injection with this opaque and viscous preparation.