Sternoclavicular Septic Arthritis Caused by Acupuncture over the Posterior Neck

Liu, Bang-Min and Wang, Tzong-Luen and Hung, Shihwen (2015) Sternoclavicular Septic Arthritis Caused by Acupuncture over the Posterior Neck. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2 (2). pp. 1-2. ISSN 2284-2594

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Acupuncture has been used therapeutically for thousands of years and is considered a relatively safe procedure. Sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) arthritis is a rare joint infection and has never been reported as an adverse event of acupuncture. We report the case of a 50-year-old woman who presented with progressive left neck, shoulder and upper chest pain after acupuncture. A computerized tomography (CT) scan revealed septic arthritis over the left sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia was noted. The patient was discharged uneventfully after intravenous antibiotic treatment. SCJ septic arthritis should be considered if unilateral neck and upper chest pain occurs after acupuncture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sternoclavicular joint, septic arthritis, acupuncture
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.7 Malattie del sistema muscoloscheletrico
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 15:22
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 15:22

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