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 Acupuncture Usage - Side Effects: Current Bibliographies in Medicine
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Kobler E, Schmuziger P, Hartmann G. [Hepatitis following acupuncture]. Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1979 Dec 1;109(46):1828-9. (Ger).

Kondo A, Koyama T, Ishikawa J, Yamasaki T. Injury to the spinal cord produced by acupuncture needle. Surg Neurol 1979 Feb;11(2):155-6.

Kuiper JJ. Letter: Pneumothorax as complication of acupuncture. JAMA 1974 Sep 9;229(11):1422.

Kusaba E, Shirabe K, Kugimiya T, Kaku K, Kuroiwa M. [Surgical treatment of intramyocardial needles (author's transl)]. Nippon Kyobu Geka Gakkai Zasshi 1979 Aug;27(8):1085-90. (Jpn).

Lao L. Safety issues in acupuncture. J Altern Complement Med 1996 Spring;2(1):27-31.

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Lee JS, Ahn SK, Lee SH. Factitial panniculitis induced by cupping and acupuncture. Cutis 1995 Apr;55(4):217-8.

Lee RJ, McIlwain JC. Subacute bacterial endocarditis following ear acupuncture. Int J Cardiol 1985 Jan;7(1):62-3.

Lewis-Driver DJ. Pneumothorax associated with acupunture [letter]. Med J Aust 1973 Aug 11;2(6):296-7.

Li FP, Shiang EL. Acupuncture and possible hepatitis B infection [letter]. JAMA 1980 Apr 11;243(14):1423.

Lin JG, She CY, Huang WS. [Detecting the safety depth on human back loci by computer tomographic scanning]. Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1991 Jan;11(1):10-3, 3. (Chi).

Looney GL. Non-myopathogenic acupuncture [letter]. N Engl J Med 1974 Dec 12;291(24):1310-1.

Lord RV, Schwartz P. False aneurysm of the popliteal artery complicating acupuncture. Aust N Z J Surg 1996 Sep;66(9):645-7.

Maruoka N, Kinoshita K, Wakisaka S. [Spinal cord injury by a broken acupuncture needle--a case report]. No Shinkei Geka 1986 May;14(6):785-7. (Jpn).

Matsui S, Matsuoka K, Nakagawa K, Kohno K, Sakaki S. [Cervical spinal cord injury caused by a broken acupuncture needle: a case report]. No Shinkei Geka 1992 Apr;20(4):499-503. (Jpn).

Matsumoto T, Levy B, Ambruso V. Clinical evaluation of acupuncture. Am Surg 1974 Jul;40(7):400-5.

Matsumura T, Kumakiri M, Ohkawara A, Himeno H, Numata T, Adachi R. Detection of selenium in generalized and localized argyria: report of four cases with X-ray microanalysis. J Dermatol 1992 Feb;19(2):87-93.

Mazal DA, King T, Harvey J, Cohen J. Bilateral pneumothorax after acupuncture [letter]. N Engl J Med 1980 Jun 12;302(24):1365-6.

Mi H. Zhen jiu jia yi jing. Rev Fr Acupunct 1989;15(60):51-64. (Fre).

Mi H. Zhen jiu jia yi jing. Rev Fr Acupunct 1990;16(61):53-60. (Fre).

Mi H. Zhen jiu jia yi ying. Rev Fr Acupunct 1987;13(52):53-65. (Fre).

Michitaka K, Horiike N, Ohta Y. [An epidemiological study of hepatitis C virus infection in a local district in Japan]. Rinsho Byori 1991 Jun;39(6):586-91. (Jpn).

Moritz Carneiro NM, Li SM. Acupuncture technique [letter]. Lancet 1995 Jun 17;345(8964):1577. Comment on: Lancet 1995 May 6;345(8958):1175.

Morrone N, Freire JA, Ferreira AK, Dourado AM. [Iatrogenic pneumothorax caused by acupuncture]. Rev Paul Med 1990 Jul-Aug;108(4):189-91. (Por).

Murata K, Nishio A, Nishikawa M, Ohinata Y, Sakaguchi M, Nishimura S. Subarachnoid hemorrhage and spinal root injury caused by acupuncture needle--case report. Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo) 1990 Nov;30(12):956-9.

Negro FE, Bronoroni C, Bove G. [Complications of acupuncture: viral hepatitis]. Minerva Med 1977 Mar 3;68(11):727-8. (Ita).

Nieda S, Abe T, Kuribayashi R, Sato M, Abe S. [Case of a cardiac injury resulting from acupuncture]. Kyobu Geka 1973 Dec;26(12):881-3. (Jpn).

Norheim AJ. [Complications of acupuncture therapy. A study of the literature from 1981-92]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1994 Apr 20;114(10):1192-4. Comments in: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1994 Mar 30;116(9):1153; Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1994 May 20;114(13):1561; Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1994 May 30;114(14):1647. (Nor).

Norheim AJ, Fonnebo V. Acupuncture adverse effects are more than occasional case reports: results from questionnaires among 1135 randomly selected doctors, and 197 acupuncturists. Complement Ther Med 1996 Jan;4(1):8-13.

Norheim AJ, Fonnebo V. Adverse effects of acupuncture [letter]. Lancet 1995 Jun 17;345(8964):1576. Comment in: Lancet 1996 May 25;347(9013):1484.

Ogata M, Kitamura O, Kubo S, Nakasono I. An asthmatic death while under Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion treatment. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1992 Dec;13(4):338-41.

Oka N, Kanemaru K, Akiguchi I, Kameyama M, Koyama T. [Cervical adhesive arachnoiditis as a complication of acupuncture]. Rinsho Shinkeigaku 1986 Aug;26(8):847-50. (Jpn).

Olusanya O, Mansuri I. Pneumothorax following acupuncture. J Am Board Fam Pract 1997 Jul-Aug;10(4):296-7.

Omura Y. Electrical parameters for safe and effective electro-acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical stimulation: threshold potentials for tingling, muscle contraction and pain; and how to prevent adverse effects of electro-therapy. Part 1. Acupunct Electrother Res 1985;10(4):335-7.

Oosthuysen WT, Berlyn PJ. Witchdoctor acupuncture [letter]. S Afr Med J 1979 Jul 21;56(3):86.

Peacher WG. Adverse reactions, contraindications and complications of acupuncture and moxibustion. Am J Chin Med 1975 Jan;3(1):35-46.

Phoon WO, Fong NP, Lee J. History of blood transfusion, tattooing, acupuncture and risk of hepatitis B surface antigenaemia among Chinese men in Singapore. Am J Public Health 1988 Aug;78(8):958-60.

Pierik MG. Fatal Staphylococcal septicemia following acupuncture: report of two cases. Occurrence of Staphylococcal septicemia following acupuncture emphasizes need for thorough medical evaluation before such procedures. R I Med J 1982 Jun;65(6):251-3.

Rajanna P. Hypotension following stimulation of acupuncture point Fengchi (G B 20) [letter]. J R Coll Gen Pract 1983 Sep;33(254):606-7.

Redfearn E. Upsetting acupuncture reactions in clinical practice. Acupunct Electrother Res 1985;10(4):339-43.

Ritter HG, Tarala R. Pneumothorax after acupuncture. Br Med J 1978 Aug 26;2(6137):602-3.

Rogers PA. Serious complications of acupuncture ... or acupuncture abuses? Am J Acupunct 1981;9(4):347-51.

Romaguera C, Grimalt F. Contact dermatitis from a permanent acupuncture needle. Contact Dermat 1981 May;7(3):156-7.

Romaguera C, Grimalt F. Nickel dermatitis from acupuncture needles. Contact Dermat 1979 May;5(3):195.

Rosted P. Literature survey of reported adverse effects associated with acupuncture treatment. Am J Acupunct 1996;24(1):27-34.

Rosted P. [Risks and adverse effects of acupuncture therapy]. Ugeskr Laeger 1994 Dec 5;156(49):7335-9. (Dan).

Rubin P. Some systemic side effects to traditional acupuncture. Am J Acupunct 1977;5(4):329-34.

Sakai Y, Watanabe E, Kobayashi S, Sekiguchi J, Ohmori K. Removal of a retained acupuncture needle in the paraspinal muscle using a neuronavigator [letter]. Plast Reconstr Surg 1994 Dec;94(7):1097-8.

Sasaki H, Abe H, Iwasaki Y, Tsuru M, Itoh T. [Direct spinal cord and root injury caused by acupuncture--report of 2 cases]. No Shinkei Geka 1984 Sep;12(10):1219-23. (Jpn).

Sasaki Y, Yamagishi F, Suzuki K, Saitoh M, Izumizaki M, Koizumi K. [A case of posterior tuberculous spondylitis of the lumbar vertebra with the skull inoculated by acupuncture]. Kekkaku 1996 May;71(5):357-61. (Jpn).

Sato M, Yamane K, Ezima M, Sugishita Y, Nozaki H. [A case of transverse myelopathy caused by acupuncture]. Rinsho Shinkeigaku 1991 Jul;31(7):717-9. (Jpn).

Savage Jones H. Auricular complications of acupuncture. J Laryngol Otol 1985 Nov;99(11):1143-5.

Scheel O, Sundsfjord A, Lunde P. [Bacterial endocarditis after treatment by a natural healer]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1991 Sep 20;111(22):2741-2. (Nor).

Scheel O, Sundsfjord A, Lunde P, Andersen BM. Endocarditis after acupuncture and injection--treatment by a natural healer [letter]. JAMA 1992 Jan 1;267(1):56.

Schlenker G, Huegel A. [Complications of acupuncture (author's transl)]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 1976 Feb 13;101(7):241-3. (Ger).

Schmid E, Hortling G, Kammuller H. [Inoculation hepatitis caused by acupuncture. Clinical cases studied over a 9-year period]. Fortschr Med 1984 Sep 20;102(35):862-5. (Ger).

Schneider LB, Salzberg MR. Bilateral pneumothorax following acupuncture [letter]. Ann Emerg Med 1984 Aug;13(8):643.

Sheu CY, Lin JG. [Detection of the safety depth on human chest by computer tomographic scanning]. Chung Hua I Hsueh Tsa Chih (Taipei) 1992 Nov;50(5):388-99. (Chi).

Shin HR, Lee CU, Park HJ, Seol SY, Chung JM, Choi HC, Ahn YO, Shigemastu T. Hepatitis B and C virus, Clonorchis sinensis for the risk of liver cancer: a case-control study in Pusan, Korea. Int J Epidemiol 1996;25(5):933-40.

Shiraishi S, Goto I, Kuroiwa Y, Nishio S, Kinoshita K. Spinal cord injury as a complication of an acupuncture. Neurology 1979 Aug;29(8):1188-90.

Slater PE, Ben-Ishai P, Leventhal A, Zahger D, Bashary A, Moses A, Costin C, Shouval D. An acupuncture-associated outbreak of hepatitis B in Jerusalem. Eur J Epidemiol 1988 Sep;4(3):322-5.

Smith DL, Walczyk MH, Campbell S. Acupuncture-needle-induced compartment syndrome [letter]. West J Med 1986 Apr;144(4):478-9.

Sobel E, Huang EY, Wieting CB. Drop foot as a complication of acupuncture injury and intragluteal injection. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1997 Feb;87(2):52-9.

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Tanii T, Kono T, Katoh J, Mizuno N, Fukuda M, Hamada T. A case of prurigo pigmentosa considered to be contact allergy to chromium in an acupuncture needle. Acta Derm Venereol 1991;71(1):66-7.

Tanita Y, Kato T, Hanada K, Tagami H. Blue macules of localized argyria caused by implanted acupuncture needles. Electron microscopy and roentgenographic microanalysis of deposited metal. Arch Dermatol 1985 Dec;121(12):1550-2.

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