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November 11, 1998

Adverse Events Related to Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(18):1563-1564. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-18-jbk1111

To the Editor.— Adverse effects caused by acupuncture have been documented,13 including serious complications such as pneumothorax, septicemia, and spinal lesions. Norheim and Fønnebø3 reported that pneumothorax, fainting, local infections, and increased pain are fairly common based on their survey of 1135 randomly selected physicians and 197 acupuncturists in Norway. To determine the risk of acupuncture in a practice of trained acupuncturists, we studied the adverse events related to acupuncture treatment at our institution in Japan.

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