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What is Extravasation?

The leakage of intravenous drugs from the vein into the surrounding tissue.31

Extravasation injury usually refers to the damage caused by leakage of solutions from the vein to the surrounding tissue spaces during intravenous administration.

Once an extravasation has occurred, damage can continue for months and involve nerves, tendons and joints. If treatment is delayed, surgical debridement, skin grafting, and even amputation may be the unfortunate consequences.60

Taxotere extravasation
Doxorubicin extravasation
Taxol extravasation

This page last updated 16/04/2004

The National Extravasation Information Service, 2000-2004.