Acupuncture triggers elderly patient’s pneumothorax

The 79-year-old followed-up with her GP, who organised a chest X-ray and referral: case report
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It’s considered a relatively safe procedure, but acupuncture comes with risks as a 79-year-old woman discovered following her first visit to an acupuncturist for back pain.

Two days after feeling an immediate sharp pain when acupuncture needles were inserted into her interscapular area, the woman was in hospital with a pneumothorax.