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Support Care Cancer. 2010 Nov;18(11):1487-90. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0926-6. Epub 2010 Jun 18.

The safety of acupuncture in children and adolescents with cancer therapy-related thrombocytopenia.

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Acupuncture is frequently used to manage the side effects associated with cancer therapy. In acupuncture practice, the presence of thrombocytopenia is a relative contraindication to acupuncture use among patients with cancer. However, the safety of acupuncture in patients with cancer treatment-related thrombocytopenia has not been previously investigated.

METHODS:

Medical records of 32 patients receiving acupuncture at an academic medical center with an established acupuncture program during treatment for cancer or during stem cell transplantation were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Of 237 acupuncture sessions, 20%, 8%, and 19% of the sessions were administered to patients with severe, moderate, and mild thrombocytopenia, respectively. No bleeding side effects were observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

This retrospective case series provides descriptive data on the safety of acupuncture using Japanese J-type Seirin needles, with mild manual stimulation administered at 0.5-cun depth in patients with cancer with and without thrombocytopenia. Prospective trials are needed to confirm these initial observations.

PMID:
20556436
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