Extra-long acupuncture needles led to pneumothorax: case

The patient, who ironically was a chest physician, underwent the therapy for stiff shoulders

A doctor who specialises in chest medicine was left with a bilateral pneumothorax, after needles used during acupuncture for stiff shoulders penetrated her pleura, Japanese doctors report.

Pleural line of the right lung was observed at third intercostal space (arrow). Small left-sided pneumothorax was also observed (wedge).

The doctor had a low BMI of 16.9 and an ultrasound later revealed the distance between the

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