Pneumoretroperitoneum following acupuncture

Jin Ki Hwang, Juhyung Kim, Beomjae Lee, Jong Jae Park, Jae Seon Kim, Young-Tae Bak

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Abstract

Pneumoretroperitoneum is a rare event. It can be associated with infection, trauma, and medical interventions such as endoscopic procedures. Acupuncture is generally regarded as a safe procedure, yet cases of iatrogenic complications related with acupuncture have been reported. This report describes a case of pneumoretroperitoneum that developed after acupuncture. A 25-year-old female patient had been treated with acupuncture for her low back pain. Fever and right flank pain developed thereafter. Abdominal plain radiography and computed tomography (CT) disclosed retroperitoneal air along the right psoas muscle. After treatment with antibiotics and analgesics for a week, she was transferred to our hospital. The pneumoretroperitoneum disappeared on the follow-up abdominal CT. This is the first report of pneumoretroperitoneum following acupuncture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1299-1301
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1

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Retropneumoperitoneum
Acupuncture
Abdominal Radiography
Tomography
Psoas Muscles
Flank Pain
Low Back Pain
Analgesics
Fever
Air
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Wounds and Injuries
Infection

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Pneumoretroperitoneum following acupuncture. / Hwang, Jin Ki; Kim, Juhyung; Lee, Beomjae; Park, Jong Jae; Kim, Jae Seon; Bak, Young-Tae.

In: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 10, 01.12.2008, p. 1299-1301.

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Hwang, Jin Ki ; Kim, Juhyung ; Lee, Beomjae ; Park, Jong Jae ; Kim, Jae Seon ; Bak, Young-Tae. / Pneumoretroperitoneum following acupuncture. In: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 14, No. 10. pp. 1299-1301.
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