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Report of adverse event with electroacupuncture.
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PMID:  21617037     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Electroacupuncture (EA) is becoming more common as a treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. It can be associated with adverse events related to the small electric currents used, in addition to the adverse events related to needle penetration of tissues. This paper reports a case of minor tissue damage following high intensity EA for 30 min with a device delivering a waveform that does not appear to be completely charge-balanced. This case highlights a rare but preventable adverse event. Manufacturers should be encouraged to develop EA stimulators that use charge-balanced waveforms.
Authors:
Mike Cummings
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1759-9873     ISO Abbreviation:  Acupunct Med     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304117     Medline TA:  Acupunct Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Medical Director, British Medical Acupuncture Society, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, 60 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HR, UK; BMASLondon@aol.com.
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