Despite being a rare event, punctured lungs are a common and serious complication described in acupuncture. Just a few months ago, we reported on an older woman whose lung collapsed after a thin acupuncture needle was inserted into her back.
Can acupuncture cause collapsed lung?
Pneumothorax is known as the most common serious complication following acupuncture, but it is quite rarely reported. During a three-month period two patients with pneumothorax caused by acupuncture were admitted to our department.
Can acupuncture puncture organs?
Clearly this renders the risk far smaller than that of many conventional treatments. The fatalities are usually due to an acupuncture needle penetrating a vital organ. This, in turn, can cause pneumothorax cardiac tamponade or major haemorrhage.
Can you puncture a lung with dry needling?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND HOW ARE THEY MINIMIZED? One risk associated with dry needling is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax). If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment.
Can acupuncture help lung problems?
Acupuncture can help relieve the breathing problems people experience with chronic lung disease, a University of Southampton researcher says.
What happens if acupuncture hits a nerve?
More painful pressure points
If a needle hits a small nerve, muscle, or blood vessel, you may feel some pain or a more intense sensation. A single sensation is OK as long as it’s brief. Points on the extremities are more likely to produce stronger reactions in the form of dull aches or tingling sensations.
Can you breathe with a collapsed lung?
What Is Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)? Pneumothorax, also called a collapsed lung, is when air gets between one of your lungs and the wall of your chest. The pressure causes the lung to give way, at least partly. When this happens, you can inhale, but your lung can’t expand as much as it should.
How do you get rid of trapped air in your lungs?
Treatment for a pneumothorax usually involves inserting a needle or chest tube between the ribs to remove the excess air. However, a small pneumothorax may heal on its own.
Can you have a collapsed lung and not know it?
A collapsed lung happens when air enters the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. If it is a total collapse, it is called pneumothorax. If only part of the lung is affected, it is called atelectasis. If only a small area of the lung is affected, you may not have symptoms.