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Eur J Pediatr. 2009 Sep;168(9):1147-9. doi: 10.1007/s00431-008-0892-x. Epub 2008 Dec 5.

Pott's puffy tumor after acupuncture therapy.

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Department of Pediatrics, Children Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 5 Fu-Shing Street, Kweishan 333, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Republic of China.


We report a case of Pott's puffy tumor (PPT) with Pseudomonas infection occurring after acupuncture therapy in a ventilator-dependent child. Acupuncture use has been growing during the past decade in the whole world. Infectious complications range from benign to lethal. PPT is a subperiosteal abscess of the frontal bone associated with underlying osteomyelitis. It presents as a localised swelling of the forehead. This paper describes a 12-year-old girl with PPT. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of PTT caused by acupuncture therapy.

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