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A case with iatrogenic pneumothorax due to deep dry needling.

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A case with iatrogenic pneumothorax due to deep dry needling.

Radiol Case Rep. 2018 Dec;13(6):1246-1248

Authors: Uzar T, Turkmen I, Menekse EB, Dirican A, Ekaterina P, Ozkaya S

Deep dry needling is an evidence-based treatment technique that is accepted and used by physical therapists for treatment of musculoskeletal pain. We present a case of iatrogenic pneumothorax due to deep dry needling over the posterior thorax. A 36-year old presented with right chest pain 2 hours after dry needling for pain in his back muscles. Chest radiograph suggested small right pneumothorax and the finding was confirmed by computed tomography. Not only should practitioners and their patients be aware of potential complications of dry needling, but also physicians who might see patients with complications.

PMID: 30258516 [PubMed]


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