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subcutaneous infusion abscesses

I have been on a subcut infusion of terbutaline for some time and have recently started to get very painful abscesses where I have placed the infusion. Because of this I have changed over to Sof sets but the problem hasn't gone away. I constantly seem to be on anti biotics as a result. Wondering if anyone has experienced the same problem and has any solutions? Also because of the scar tissue left behind each time I have a big one, I'm running out of places to site the needle!

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I had a nightmare of a time with these. And mine occurred despite using sof sets. The healing process took over 12 months, and I just dressed them every 7 days as recommended by my tissue care nurses. Mine were swabbed and no infection could be found. Silver dressings did help as they do aid healing.


Purdey can you give me access to private message you and I will go over the process!

Cheers Katina


these are usually sterile abcesses - ie not infected - so antibiotics don't help.

things you can try include diluting the terbutaline in water for injection/saline so that it is less concentrated, which can make it less irritant, or changing the sites more frequently.


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