Chronically retained acupuncture needles

Bapanaiah Penugonda, Jerome Kaplan, Greg Goddard

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Background: Complications from acupuncture are quite rare. Case: This report describes the case of an adult female who left an acupuncture treatment visit with a doctor as a result of unbearable pain. Six years later, on routine X-rays for dental examination, five embedded remnants of acupuncture needles were observed. Results: The patient was completely asymptomatic from the embedded needles, and did not know they were there. She did not respond to requests for further follow-up. Conclusions: Despite the retention of the needles for at least 6 years, there were no symptoms or clinical signs in this patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Acupuncture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


  • Acupuncture
  • Adverse Outcomes
  • Broken Needles
  • Complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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