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Int J Clin Pract. 2010 Jul;64(8):1162-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2010.02352.x.

Deaths after chiropractic: a review of published cases.

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  • Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK. Edzard.Ernst@pms.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to summarise all cases in which chiropractic spinal manipulation was followed by death.

DESIGN:

This study is a systematic review of case reports.

METHODS:

Literature searches in four electronic databases with no restrictions of time or language.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Death.

RESULTS:

Twenty six fatalities were published in the medical literature and many more might have remained unpublished. The alleged pathology usually was a vascular accident involving the dissection of a vertebral artery.

CONCLUSION:

Numerous deaths have occurred after chiropractic manipulations. The risks of this treatment by far outweigh its benefit.

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PMID:
20642715
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