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A Foreign Body in Propofol Syringe

Cohen, Shaul, MD; Prieto, Narissa, MD; Hunter, Christine H., MD

Section Editor(s): Shafer, Steven L.

doi: 10.1213/01.ANE.0000227158.42752.FD
Letters to the Editor: Letters & Announcements

Department of Anesthesia; UMDNJ—RWJUH; New Brunswick, NJ;

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To the Editor:

We caution others against passing a needle through the rubber plunger of an ABBOJECT® (Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL) syringe. We recently observed a foreign body in a propofol syringe into which we had aspirated lidocaine drawn from an ABBOJECT® syringe (Fig. 1). The foreign body was a sheared material from the ABBOJECT® syringe plunger. We were easily able to shear pieces of the plunger into a syringe by passing a needle through it and thus caution against drawing drugs (e.g., lidocaine) from the ABBOJECT® syringe in this manner.

Figure 1.

Figure 1.

Shaul Cohen, MD

Narissa Prieto, MD

Christine H. Hunter, MD

Department of Anesthesia


New Brunswick, NJ

© 2006 International Anesthesia Research Society