E-ISSN 2146-8346


Journal of Behavioral Health. 2016; 5(3):(170-295)


Deep neck abscess with mediastinum involvement following acupuncture: A case report

Chian Ling Tang, Noor Dina Hashim

Abstract
Traditional acupuncture is a growing modality of treatment worldwide. However, various acupuncture-related adverse effects had been reported. We report a case of deep neck abscess involving mediastinum following acupuncture. A 56-year-old immunocompromised gentleman developed extensive neck abscess with mediastinum involvement and inflammatory aortitis following acupuncture for shoulder pain. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from the abscess culture. Surgical drainage with systemic antibiotic admission resulted in a good clinical recovery and resolution of infection.
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