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Acupuncture associated pneumothorax
  1. K Saifeldeen,
  2. M Evans
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, South Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr K Saifeldeen

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A 31 year old man attended our accident and emergency department complaining of shortness of breath and right chest pain on climbing the stairs at home shortly after acupuncture treatment to his longstanding painful right shoulder one hour earlier. The acupuncture included needle insertion to the right scapular region, one of the needles caused sharp pain on insertion. The patient had no significant medical history and he never smoked.

On examination, he …

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