Hong Kong’s health authorities are investigating another suspected case of botulism as a young woman has suffered complications after receiving botox injections in mainland China.
The health department’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said that it has learnt that a 21-year-old woman who received botulinum toxin injections in Guangzhou last month has experienced shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing, double vision and general muscle weakness.
The patient had a good past health record but began developing problems after she had injections of botulinum toxin on her calves on May 23, the CHP said in a statement last Friday.
The woman was admitted to a hospital in Shenzhen on June 9 but was discharged against medical advice on the same day.
She immediately returned to Hong Kong where she was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital.
The woman was found to have muscle weakness over all her limbs, as well as bilateral ptosis. She is currently receiving medical care.
It marked the latest case in which Hong Kong women suffered complications after getting botox treatments in the mainland.
“We have no evidence at this stage that patients of the five recent cases so far had received injections in the same premises,” the health department said, adding that “epidemiological investigations are ongoing”.
The department, meanwhile, issued a safety advisory to the public, reminding them that botulinum toxin injections should only be prescribed and performed by registered doctors.
Anyone who develops problems following such injections must immediately seek medical attention and also inform the health authorities, it said, pointing out that botulism is a notifiable disease.
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