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Vascular injuries caused by acupuncture.
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PMID:  18538597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To systematically review the literature on vascular injuries caused by acupuncture. METHOD: Systematic literature search in Medline and PubMed. RESULTS: Twentyone 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 five more tamponades, seven pseudoaneurysms, two with ischaemia, two with venous thrombosis, one with compartment syndrome and one with bleeding. The two patients with ischaemia had remaining sequeleae. Information on follow-up was suboptimal with no information in nine patients. CONCLUSION: Vascular injuries are rare, bleeding and pseudoaneurysm dominating. Follow-up is insufficient in the hitherto published papers.
D Bergqvist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-06-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-14     Completed Date:  2008-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Sciences, Section of Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital, SE 751 85 Uppsala, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Therapy / adverse effects*
Aged, 80 and over
Aneurysm, False / etiology
Aortic Diseases / etiology
Blood Vessels / injuries*
Cardiac Tamponade / etiology
Compartment Syndromes / etiology
Duodenal Diseases / etiology
Hemorrhage / etiology
Iatrogenic Disease*
Intestinal Fistula / etiology
Ischemia / etiology
Middle Aged
Peripheral Vascular Diseases / etiology
Treatment Outcome
Vascular Fistula
Venous Thrombosis / etiology

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