The DH received notification from the Hospital Authority that a 45-year-old woman who was in good health developed palpitations, shortness of breath and cardiothoracic pain after undergoing intravaginal hyaluronic acid injection by suspected non-healthcare staff at a premises in Shenzhen and was taken to a hospital in Shenzhen on the same day but discharged on the same day. The next day, she sought medical treatment in the A&E Department of Northern District Hospital and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Margaret Hospital for treatment, and was clinically diagnosed with respiratory failure complicated by pulmonary embolism and cerebral hemorrhage, and is now in critical condition.
The DH is investigating the case and urges members of the public not to receive treatment provided by lay healthcare workers and to exercise special caution when receiving injections outside Hong Kong.
The subject is staying in the intensive care unit of Margaret Hospital. (Profile picture)
Non-healthcare worker injection suspected Soon palpitations, shortness of breath, and heartchest pain
According to the Department of Health, the 45-year-old woman was in good health and underwent intravaginal hyaluronic acid injection by suspected non-healthcare workers at a premises in Shenzhen on 5 May, developed palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pain shortly after receiving the injection, was taken to a hospital in Shenzhen on the same day and discharged on the same day.
The woman went to the A&E Department of North District Hospital on 5 May and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Margaret Hospital for treatment on the same day, and was clinically diagnosed with respiratory failure complicated by pulmonary embolism and cerebral hemorrhage, and is currently in critical condition. The DH is still investigating the case.
After returning to Hong Kong, the subject sought medical treatment in the A&E Department of the Northern District Hospital.
DH reminds that healthcare professionals should be confirmed to be qualified or registered to practise
A spokesman for the Department of Health urged members of the public not to receive any treatment, including any form of injection, not provided by healthcare professionals. Anyone who feels unwell after receiving the injection should seek medical attention immediately; Members of the public should seek the advice of healthcare professionals before receiving the injection to understand the details, potential risks and possible complications of the procedure and make an informed choice.
The spokesman also urged that if it is necessary to travel outside Hong Kong to receive injections, special caution should be exercised to ensure that persons are qualified or registered to practise with the relevant authorities; If in doubt, refuse the injection immediately, and if you feel unwell, seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional as soon as possible.
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