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J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Feb;15(2):197-200. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0057.

Basilar invagination managed with electroacupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine: the report of a rare case in a pediatric patient.

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M. Modern TCM Clinic, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. edwinmiao2@optusnet.com.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A 13-year-old girl who suffered from basilar invagination managed with electroacupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine is presented in this report. This is a rare disease. The condition was misdiagnosed by many biomedical specialists over a period of 5 years. There has been no literature ever recorded in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) history for the treatment of this rare condition.

METHODS:

The patient has a secondary condition, hydrocephalus, which was categorized as Jie Lu from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Jie Lu has also been used to form the rational base of the TCM treatment.

RESULTS:

This patient's condition stabilized for a period of 3 years. As bone growth continued, the severity of the patient's symptoms increased. The patient has turned 19; her symptoms have become more severe and she is unable to walk for a short distance.

CONCLUSIONS:

Finally, a diagnosis of basilar invagination was confirmed by a private health service provider team separate from several public hospitals' specialist teams.

PMID:
19183070
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2008.0057
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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