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Vascular injuries caused by acupuncture: A systematic review
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Angiology, ISSN 0392-9590, Vol. 32, no 1, 1-8 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: The aim of the study was to systematically review the literature on vascular injuries caused by acupuncture.

METHODS: This was a systematic literature search in Medline and PubMed.

RESULTS: Thirty-one cases were identified and the majority developed symptoms in direct connection with the acupuncture treatment. Three patients died, two from pericardial tamponade and one from an aortoduodenal fistula. There were seven more tamponades, eight pseudoaneurysms, two with ischemia, two with venous thrombosis, one with compartment syndrome and seven with bleeding (five in the central nervous system). The two patients with ischemia had remaining sequeleae. Information on follow-up was suboptimal with no information in fourteen patients.

CONCLUSION: Vascular injuries are rare, bleeding and pseudoaneurysm dominating. Follow-up is insufficient in the hitherto published papers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 32, no 1, 1-8 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-199967ISI: 000318263200001PubMedID: 23435388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-199967DiVA: diva2:621870
Available from: 2013-05-17 Created: 2013-05-17 Last updated: 2013-06-11Bibliographically approved

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