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Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2017 Jan 23;1(1):31-32. doi: 10.5811/cpcem.2016.11.32757. eCollection 2017 Mar.

Traumatic Pneumothorax Following Acupuncture: A Case Series.

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Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Monash Medical Centre, Department of Emergency Medicine, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.


Acupuncture and dry needling are used by a range of health professionals to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal pain. Treatment occurs both in an outpatient setting and in emergency departments (ED). Acupuncture and dry needling are considered to be relatively safe techniques with a low risk of serious adverse events. We report three cases of traumatic pneumothorax following acupuncture/dry needling that presented to our ED between 2014 and 2016.

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Conflicts of Interest: By the CPC-EM article submission agreement, all authors are required to disclose all affiliations, funding sources and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. The authors disclosed none.

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