alexa Abstract | Acupuncture-Induced Bilateral Tension Pneumothorax: A Case Report and Literature Review
ISSN: 2165-7920

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We now report a case of bilateral tension pneumothorax that occurred after acupuncture and cupping. A 56-year-old woman suddenly developed the symptoms of chest tightness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and unconsciousness, the percutaneous oxygen saturation was 76%. Endotracheal intubation and chest Computed Tomography (CT) scan were administered in sequence. She was diagnosed with tension pneumothorax which was based on the symptoms and signs that appeared 7 h after the acupuncture and the CT scanning findings. We propose that patients receiving acupuncture around the chest wall must be adequately informed of the risk and related symptoms of pneumothorax.

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Author(s): Jianmin Qu and Yunfeng Zhao


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