Clin Endosc.  2014 May;47(3):258-261. 10.5946/ce.2014.47.3.258.

A Needle Penetrating the Stomach Cavity after Acupuncture

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  • 1Asan Digestive Disease Research Institute, Department of Gastroenterology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ji110@hanmail.net

Abstract

Although acupuncture is known as a safe procedure that is widely used in many countries, complications including infection, hemorrhage, hematoma, pneumothorax, nerve damage, and cardiac tamponade have been reported. A needle penetrating the stomach after acupuncture, however, is very rare. Here, we report the case of 47-year-old woman who experienced abdominal pain 2 days after receiving acupuncture. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy identified an approximately 2.5-cm long needle in the posterior wall of the antrum. The needle was removed endoscopically using rat tooth forceps with no complications.

Keyword

Foreign body; Endoscopic removal; Stomach; Acupuncture complication; Needles
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