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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 24(1); 2013 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2013;24(1): 116-118.
Ileocecal Vein Rupture Following Acupuncture
Hyung Jun Moon, Jung Won Lee, Hyun Jung Lee, Jae Hyung Choi, Byeong Dai Yoo
1Department of Emergency Medicine, SoonChunHyang University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea. mdgarden@gmail.com
2Department of Emergency Medicine, SoonChunHyang University Hospital, Bucheon, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, SoonChunHyang University Hospital, Gumi, Korea.
ABSTRACT
Among members of the public, acupuncture has a reputation for being safe. Since 1965, many case reports of serious or even life-threatening incidents caused by acupuncture have been reported in the literature. A 55 year old male was admitted with complaints of abdominal pain after acupuncture therapy at an oriental medicine hospital. Abdominal Computerized Tomography (CT) scan showed a mass measuring 9.8 cm with active bleeding. Emergency operation was performed. He was diagnosed as ileocecal vein rupture following acupuncture. We report here on a case of an iliocecal vein rupture following acupuncture therapy and we review the relevant literature.
Key words: Acupuncture, Complication, Vascular system injuries
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