Chronically retained acupuncture needles

Bapanaiah Penugonda, Jerome Kaplan, Greg Goddard

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Abstract

Background: Complications from acupuncture are quite rare. Case: This report describes the case of an adult female who left an acupuncture treatment visit with a doctor as a result of unbearable pain. Six years later, on routine X-rays for dental examination, five embedded remnants of acupuncture needles were observed. Results: The patient was completely asymptomatic from the embedded needles, and did not know they were there. She did not respond to requests for further follow-up. Conclusions: Despite the retention of the needles for at least 6 years, there were no symptoms or clinical signs in this patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Acupuncture
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Adverse Outcomes
  • Broken Needles
  • Complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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Chronically retained acupuncture needles. / Penugonda, Bapanaiah; Kaplan, Jerome; Goddard, Greg.

In: Medical Acupuncture, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.06.2011, p. 115-118.

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Penugonda, Bapanaiah ; Kaplan, Jerome ; Goddard, Greg. / Chronically retained acupuncture needles. In: Medical Acupuncture. 2011 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 115-118.
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