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I just Injected my leg a needle with Testosterone as I have

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I just Injected my leg a needle with Testosterone as I have
done about 6 times now Intramuscular Injection
When I Injected It and heard the Syringe click I took It out
and the needle was gone I don't feel pain but I am pretty sure needle Is In my leg I can't feel It or see It
What should I do ?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

If the needle has broken off and is still in the leg, then it needs to be removed. Since it was sterile, it will not cause an immediate problem, but over time, any foreign body may serve as a site for infection, and the sharp points of the needle can cause trauma or bleeding over time.

Since you know the location and direction of the needle insertion, it would be fine to try to remove it yourself. You can try to pressing down the skin and subcutaneous tissue around the spot of insertion to see if it can be grabbed by some tweezers. However, if you cannot get the needle out, then it would be better for you to be seen. Since you are not having pain, it is not necessary to be seen in an emergency room in the middle of the night, but you should contact your doctor first thing in the morning. If your doctor also cannot feel or see the needle on exam, then an x-ray can be done to determine the exact site of the needle.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am satisfied with the answer
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

I am glad I could be of assistance.

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