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What happens when you miss your vein shooting up?

Even if you hit a vein there are numerous risks associated with compromised injection techniques and non-sterile conditions. Shooting into muscle or surrounding soft tissues can result in localized pockets of infection, abscesses, cellulitis, and fasciitis. Once-localized infections may spread systemically if not effectively treated. Missing a vein and shooting into an artery can itself lead to systemic infections, but also places the injection user at risk of emboli (blood vessel blockage from foreign material, clot, air bubbles, etc.), ischemia (loss of blood delivery to parts of the body), valvular disease, and even stroke.

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