Migration of innumerable chronically retained acupuncture needles

Frances Lazarow, R. Hampton Andrews, Jonathan Revels, Sarah Shaves

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Abstract

We present a case of a 50-year-old female with a 2-day history of back and abdominal pain who was discovered to have innumerable chronically retained acupuncture needles, which had migrated throughout her abdomen and pelvis. Although many of these needles were in precarious positions, including the epidural space, renal parenchyma, small bowel, and vasculature, there was no evidence for acute injury. We also briefly discuss evidence for the magnetic resonance imaging compatibility of acupuncture needles. Although a rare complication, given the high frequency of acupuncture therapy in the United States, physicians must be aware of the potential for retained and migrated needles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-548
Number of pages3
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • MRI compatibility
  • Migration
  • Retained needle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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