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BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Jul 13;2016. pii: bcr2016216405. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-216405.

Necrotising fasciitis after acupuncture treatment in an immunocompetent patient.

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1
VU medisch centrum School of Medical Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

A 42-year old male with no significant medical history was admitted to our hospital with a painful, red, swollen right arm and fever. The rash and swelling had started in the cubital fossa. 7 days earlier, needles had been placed exactly at that site during an acupuncture treatment. After deterioration of his condition, surgical exploration of the arm revealed necrotising fasciitis. Although acupuncture is a relatively safe intervention, serious complications do occur. Necrotising fasciitis after acupuncture has been described in immunocompromised patients. To the best of our knowledge this is the first immunocompetent patient with necrotising fasciitis and toxic shock, caused by acupuncture.

PMID:
27413025
PMCID:
PMC4956954
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2016-216405
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