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The perils of complementary alternative medicine.

Bayme MJ, Geftler A, Netz U, Kirshtein B, Glazer Y, Atias S, Perry Z - Rambam Maimonides Med J (2014)

Bottom Line: More than 11,000 articles lauding alternative medicine appear in the PubMed database, but there are only a few articles describing the complications of such care.Two patients suffering from complications of alternative medicine were treated in our hospital: one patient developed necrotizing fasciitis after acupuncture, and the second developed an epidural hematoma after chiropractic manipulation.These complications serve as a clarion call to the Israeli Health Ministry, as well as to health ministries around the world, to include complementary medicine under its inspection and legislative authority.

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Affiliation: Surgery Ward A, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel;

ABSTRACT
More than 11,000 articles lauding alternative medicine appear in the PubMed database, but there are only a few articles describing the complications of such care. Two patients suffering from complications of alternative medicine were treated in our hospital: one patient developed necrotizing fasciitis after acupuncture, and the second developed an epidural hematoma after chiropractic manipulation. These complications serve as a clarion call to the Israeli Health Ministry, as well as to health ministries around the world, to include complementary medicine under its inspection and legislative authority.

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MRI Imaging after Surgery.Left: T1-sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level; Right: T1 STIF sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level.
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Mentions: The second case involved a 27-year-old male with chronic cervical pain, without any previous medical treatment or imaging, who was referred to our tertiary medical facility. The patient suffered from back pain. To manage his pain, the patient used the services of a chiropractor who used cervical manipulation. Immediately after such a manipulation, the patient felt a severe cervical pain; 30 minutes after manipulation the patient started feeling paresthesia in his hands and legs. The patient was admitted to our emergency room with symptoms of progressive weakness in all four extremities and weakness that was measured as 3/5. No additional symptoms were seen. Immediate MRI demonstrated an epidural hematoma at the C3-4 level (Figure 2).


The perils of complementary alternative medicine.

Bayme MJ, Geftler A, Netz U, Kirshtein B, Glazer Y, Atias S, Perry Z - Rambam Maimonides Med J (2014)

MRI Imaging after Surgery.Left: T1-sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level; Right: T1 STIF sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level.
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f2-rmmj-5-3-e0019: MRI Imaging after Surgery.Left: T1-sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level; Right: T1 STIF sagittal epidural hematoma at C3-4 level.
Mentions: The second case involved a 27-year-old male with chronic cervical pain, without any previous medical treatment or imaging, who was referred to our tertiary medical facility. The patient suffered from back pain. To manage his pain, the patient used the services of a chiropractor who used cervical manipulation. Immediately after such a manipulation, the patient felt a severe cervical pain; 30 minutes after manipulation the patient started feeling paresthesia in his hands and legs. The patient was admitted to our emergency room with symptoms of progressive weakness in all four extremities and weakness that was measured as 3/5. No additional symptoms were seen. Immediate MRI demonstrated an epidural hematoma at the C3-4 level (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: More than 11,000 articles lauding alternative medicine appear in the PubMed database, but there are only a few articles describing the complications of such care.Two patients suffering from complications of alternative medicine were treated in our hospital: one patient developed necrotizing fasciitis after acupuncture, and the second developed an epidural hematoma after chiropractic manipulation.These complications serve as a clarion call to the Israeli Health Ministry, as well as to health ministries around the world, to include complementary medicine under its inspection and legislative authority.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Surgery Ward A, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel;

ABSTRACT
More than 11,000 articles lauding alternative medicine appear in the PubMed database, but there are only a few articles describing the complications of such care. Two patients suffering from complications of alternative medicine were treated in our hospital: one patient developed necrotizing fasciitis after acupuncture, and the second developed an epidural hematoma after chiropractic manipulation. These complications serve as a clarion call to the Israeli Health Ministry, as well as to health ministries around the world, to include complementary medicine under its inspection and legislative authority.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus