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August 1988

Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Caused By Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

Third Department of Medicine Shiga University of Medical Science Seta, Ohtsu, Shiga 520-21, Japan
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurosurgery National Cardiovascular Center Osaka, Japan

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(8):831. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520320017005

To the Editor.  —Acupuncture has been employed for centuries in Oriental countries. Generally, it has been considered to be harmless. We report an extremely rare case of cervical spinal cord injury caused by acupuncture and wish to warn of a danger in using some acupuncture treatments.

Report of a Case.  —A 48-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital on March 8, 1984, because of right eyelid ptosis and sensory impairment in the left leg. She was suffering from a stiff and painful shoulder for years. Therefore, she visited one acupuncture clinic in Yamaguchi prefecture. At the clinic, she received approximately 30 needles (maibotsushin technique) that were implanted subcutaneously in her cervical, shoulder, and lumbar areas. Next evening, she noticed impairment of pain and temperature sensations in her left leg and narrowing of the right palpebral fissure. She did not have headache, nausea, vertigo, or diplopia. On admission, general physical examination

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