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EpiPens and obese children

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An EpiPen can be the difference between life and death during an allergic reaction, but new research suggests getting that medicine into the systems of obese children can be problematic.

EpiPens contain life saving medication, which is usually injected into a patient's upper thigh muscle.

Researchers from the United Kingdom used ultrasound technology to measure the distance between the thigh muscle and the surface of the skin in nearly one hundred children.

They found 80 percent of obese children had too much fatty tissue in their upper thigh, and the needle would not reach the muscle. However, the needle was long enough to reach the muscle in the lower thigh.

Researchers say pediatricians should advise their obese pediatric patients to administer the EpiPen in the lower thigh so they can get the medicine into their system as quick as possible.

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