Necrotising fasciitis: a life-threatening complication of acupuncture in a patient with diabetes mellitus.

Saw, A; Kwan, M K; Sengupta, S (2004) Necrotising fasciitis: a life-threatening complication of acupuncture in a patient with diabetes mellitus. Singapore medical journal, 45 (4). pp. 180-2. ISSN 0037-5675

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Abstract

Acupuncture is used for some conditions as an alternative to medication or surgical intervention. Several complications had been reported, and they are generally due to physical injury by the needle or transmission of diseases. We report a case of life-threatening necrotising fasciitis that developed after acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee in a 55-year-old diabetic woman. She presented with multiple discharging sinuses over the right knee. As the patient did not respond to intravenous antibiotics, extensive debridement was performed. She made a good recovery. Since many old diabetic patients with degenerative joint diseases may consider this mode of treatment, guidelines on cleanliness and sterility of this procedure should be developed and practiced.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Saw, A
  2. Kwan, M K
  3. Sengupta, S
Journal or Publication Title: Singapore medical journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acupuncture Therapy/adverse effects; Acupuncture Therapy/methods;
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 11:48
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2011 11:48
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/497

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