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Deaths after chiropractic: a review of published cases

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Bibliographic details: Ernst E.  Deaths after chiropractic: a review of published cases. International Journal of Clinical Practice 2010; 64(8): 1162-1165. [PubMed: 20642715]

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RESULTS: Twenty six fatalities were published in the medical literature and many more might have remained unpublished.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.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.
Bookshelf ID: NBK91735

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