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Cosmetic injections at unlicensed clinic lead to kidney failure

Article-Cosmetic injections at unlicensed clinic lead to kidney failure

Raleigh, N.C. — Three women who received buttock-enhancing injections at an unlicensed North Carolina clinic subsequently developed kidney failure, reports news source HealthDay News.

According to the HealthDay News report, the facility was not only unlicensed, but the person who administered the injections was untrained and not medically supervised. Investigators could not determine exactly what was in the injections.

The three women eventually recovered, but HealthDay News reports that the incidents indicate the potential hazards that can occur when untrained personnel at unlicensed facilities perform cosmetic procedures.

The three North Carolina cases were reported in the May 2 issue of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which notes that the three women received injections in December 2007 at the same facility. A North Carolina Division of Public Health investigation revealed multiple problems with infection-control procedures, among other issues, at the facility. The substance injected was purported to be silicone oil, but investigators could not confirm this. The MMWR report states that since silicone oil has never been linked to kidney failure, another substance probably was present.

MMWR also reports that there was no evidence that the clinic’s practitioner, trained as a radiology technician, had been trained in performing cosmetic procedures or was medically supervised.

According to the CDC, health officials in North Carolina have banned the facility from administering any injections. The practitioner has been arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license.

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