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is a thickened lesion that appears in the subcutaneous tissue of frequently used injection sites. These areas can be palpated as had scar-like masses which prevent the skin from being squeezed tightly together.


is a breakdown of subcutaneous fat at an injection site. Repeated injections on the same site may cause thinning of subcutaneous tissue, and as a complication of insulin therapy.


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Shepherd, E. (2018) Injection technique 2: administering drugs via the subcutaneous route. Nursing Times 114 (9) 55-57.
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