When should I call my doctor?

Call your local doctor immediately if you notice any unusual drainage, including bloody discharge, at the puncture site. You should also call immediately if you develop a fever or if your pain symptoms worsen.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/19/2014.


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