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J Med Case Rep. 2015 Sep 11;9:193. doi: 10.1186/s13256-015-0676-7.

Acupuncture and postpartum pyogenic sacroiliitis: a case report.

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1
Department of Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St NW, Washington, DC, 20037, USA. fmillwala@mfa.gwu.edu.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St NW, Washington, DC, 20037, USA. shuochen84@gmail.com.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St NW, Washington, DC, 20037, USA. tsaltskan@email.gwu.edu.
4
Department of Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St NW, Washington, DC, 20037, USA. gsimon@mfa.gwu.edu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Pyogenic sacroiliitis, a rare form of septic arthritis, occurs in patients following trauma, intravenous drug use, genitourinary infections and pregnancy. Here we report a rare case where both acupuncture and pregnancy served as predisposing risk factors to the development of this infection.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 33-year-old white woman received several sessions of acupuncture treatment during her gestation at the site of her sacroiliac joint for sciatica; she developed biopsy-confirmed sacroiliitis with methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus during the immediate postpartum period. The diagnosis, medical management and treatment course are described.

CONCLUSIONS:

Low back and pelvic pain are common conditions during pregnancy and postpartum. Acupuncture is a common modality of medication-free treatment used by many patients. Recognition of the potential complications of such therapies can lead to early diagnosis, accurate treatment, decreased morbidity and increased chances for a successful outcome.

PMID:
26358565
PMCID:
PMC4566364
DOI:
10.1186/s13256-015-0676-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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