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J Thorac Dis. 2013 Aug;5(4):E144-6. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.08.18.

Is pneumothorax after acupuncture so uncommon?

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark;

Abstract

Acupuncture is one of the most widely used forms of traditional Chinese medicine often referred to as alternative therapy in the Western World and over the past decades it has become increasingly popular in Denmark. Pneumothorax is known as the most common serious complication following acupuncture, but it is quite rarely reported. During a three-month period two patients with pneumothorax caused by acupuncture were admitted to our department. The purpose of this case report is to increase awareness of this complication, which may not be so uncommon.

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Pneumothorax; acupuncture; acupuncture complications; adverse events

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